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Gifts stolen at UPS


Police are investigating a theft at the UPS store at 143 Boardman-Canfield Road, the second theft reported at the store this week, both involving Christmas gifts.

A woman told police she mailed a package containing $920 in cash and various other gifts to family Dec. 12. By monitoring the tracking number, she determined the package never left the facility.

The woman followed up on Dec. 20, and the store manager told the woman UPS security would open an investigation. She will pursue charges, according to the report.

A family decided it would not pursue criminal charges against a former UPS employee for taking $650 from Christmas cards an elderly woman was sending money to her grandchildren. That report was made with police Tuesday.

Holiday shoplifting


Township police arrested several people on shoplifting or theft charges Thursday.

Police said Jacob Harvey, 28, of East Palestine, took merchandise totaling $270 from Dillard’s, Sears and Pac Sun in the Southern Park Mall at 7401 Market St.

According to reports, police said John Tinney, 26, of Poland, took $380 worth of clothing from Kohl’s at 383 Boardman-Poland Road.

Police accused Joey Seaman, 35, of Youngstown, of taking $410 worth of merchandise from Macy’s in the mall.

According to reports, police said Lavette Boone, 52, of Youngstown, took $430 worth of merchandise also from Macy’s. Boone had several outstanding warrants stemming from previous theft charges, police said.

All are scheduled to appear in Mahoning County Area Court here for arraignment Tuesday.

Trio robbed of $13K


Two men and a woman told police about 7 p.m. Thursday they were at a home in the 1800 block of Selma Avenue when two armed men robbed them of at least $13,000 cash.

Reports said one of the victims had just bought some furniture off of a friend at the North Side home and when they were loading the furniture in the car, two men dressed in black appeared, pointed guns at them and said to give them their money.

Reports said the women ran to a neighbor’s house for help while the man had $1,000 taken from his pockets.

Both men were forced into the home at gunpoint, and the gunmen took a bag belonging to the woman that had $12,000 cash inside, reports said.

Investigators said Friday they do have suspects.

Rockford Village fire


American Red Cross officials were called Friday to assist a family whose apartment was heavily damaged by a fire in the Rockford Village housing complex on the East Side.

Firefighters were called about 2 p.m. to an apartment on Willow Court to find heavy fire in the upstairs as well as lots of smoke.

There were no injuries. A cause or damage estimate was not available late Friday.

Judge Clunk honors


Judge Robert Rusu of Mahoning County Probate Court will host a luncheon celebration in his courtroom at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in honor of Judge R.R. Denny Clunk’s last day as a judge after 31 years of judicial service.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court will present Judge Clunk with a proclamation. Justice O’Connor appointed Judge Clunk, a retired judge from Stark County Probate Court, as a visiting judge to oversee Mahoning County Probate Court in June 2014.

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