A summary of recent criminal activity in Poland and Boardman townships:


March 11

Criminal mischief: Two vehicles, a portion of sidewalk and a garage were tampered with in the 6900 block of Blue Ridge Drive.

Criminal damaging: Vinyl siding and a window were damaged at a residence in the 6800 block of James Street. The damage estimate was $1,500.

March 12

Criminal mischief: A portion of lawn damage was done at Poland Seminary High School, 3999 Dobbins Road.

Theft: Isaac A. Ryhal, 22, of Edinburg, Pa., was charged with stealing a 24-ounce can of iced tea from Dairy 224, 6868 Center Road.

March 13

Recovered property: A $100 piece of computer hardware was found at a Center Road fast-food restaurant.


March 11

Arson: Authorities charged 23-year-old Patrick Patterson of Cook Avenue, Boardman, with three felony counts of arson after they responded to a possible domestic situation and alleged that during an argument with a friend, Patterson had used a lighter, an aerosol can and a pan of grease to start a fire on a stovetop in the apartment. Firefighters put out the fire a short time later, a police report showed.

Auto theft: A 2000 Chevrolet Malibu was stolen in the 4000 block of Glenwood Avenue.

Theft: Lucy M. Chapple, 45, of Woodworth Road, New Springfield, was charged with stealing an $89 purse from Kohl’s, 383 Boardman-Poland Road.

Theft: Police at Boardman Area Court on Market Street took custody of 58-year-old Sandra E. Duckworth after she had surrendered on a warrant. Duckworth, of Hillman Way, Boardman, was accused of taking three steaks from Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive.

Domestic violence: Deric E. Dubois, 24, of West Hilda Avenue, Youngstown, faced charges of domestic violence, criminal damaging and theft after a woman alleged that during an argument at Akron Children’s Hospital, 6505 Market St., he had punched her and dragged her across the parking lot. Dubois also hit the accuser in the face, leaving a bruise and a swollen left eye, and damaged her car with rocks, then stole her $150 cellphone, she further alleged.

Robbery: A man told authorities a friend of his uncle’s came to the accuser’s Waseka Lane home to borrow money and, when told he had none, forcibly removed $20 from his pocket, struck the victim’s face and left in a Chevrolet vehicle.

Theft: A man and a woman reportedly worked together to steal then return merchandise to Walmart to receive store credit. The two apparently had performed the same scam 13 times before, a report showed.

March 12

Arrest: Derrick L. Stennis Jr. of Oregon Avenue, Youngstown, was taken into custody after police near South Avenue had stopped a vehicle in which he was a passenger. The 25-year-old Stennis was wanted on two Youngstown bench warrants.

Theft: Police charged 27-year-old Nicholas A. Chronister of North Bank Street, Cortland, in the theft of five jerseys valued at $370 from Macy’s in Southern Park Mall.

Theft: Authorities charged Tracey L. Shields, 42, of Echodell Drive, East Liverpool, with stealing four pairs of women’s tennis shoes from Gabriel Bros., 850 Boardman-Poland Road. The theft came to $190.

Theft: Jaime A. Hughes, 29, of East South Range Road, North Lima, was charged after $41 worth of property was stolen from Walmart.

Stolen property: Geneva police exchanged custody of 34-year-old Melissa A. Cochran of Geneva, with township authorities. Cochran faced a felony receiving-stolen-property charge after a man reported multiple firearms, jewelry, guitars and money missing Oct. 27, 2015, from his Wingate Road residence. The loss came to about $50,700.

Theft: Alliance authorities handed to Boardman police 29-year-old John W. Billiter Jr., who was wanted on one felony-theft charge and four misdemeanor theft counts. The Alliance man was accused in a series of shoplifting situations last month and earlier this month at Walmart.

Theft: A Youngstown man noticed his $650 iPhone missing while at a store in the 6100 block of South Avenue.

Theft: Sage T. Medvec, 23, of Bendemeer Drive, Poland, and 25-year-old Robert J. McGuire Jr. of Centervale Avenue, Boardman, were charged with stealing a 10-pack of batteries, a large knife, two flashlights and other items from Walmart.

Theft: A man and a woman reportedly took $854 worth of cosmetics from Ulta Beauty, 403 Boardman-Poland Road.

March 13

Domestic violence: A 17-year-old township girl was charged with the crime after her stepfather alleged the teen had struck his left eye and spit in his face during an argument apparently related to shopping.

Drug paraphernalia: A traffic stop near Interstate 680 resulted in the arrest of 46-year-old Rosann M. Wilson of Thalia Avenue, Youngstown, on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Two straws with powder and residue on the ends were found, police said.

Theft/criminal damaging: A Brookwood Road man reported someone broke into his car and removed a wallet.

Menacing: Austintown police handed to township authorities 43-year-old Kristopher K. Kunig of Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman, who was wanted on a warrant charging him with menacing by stalking. Kunig’s former girlfriend, of Waseka Lane, alleged that on Feb. 3, he had sent her more than 150 unwanted text messages in roughly a two-hour period.

Theft: Tiffany B. Mesko, who listed addresses on Florence Drive in North Lima and Sandy Drive in New Middletown, was charged. Mesko, 26, was accused of stealing about $54 worth of items, including makeup and a pregnancy-test kit, from Walmart.

Breaking and entering: Someone broke into R.L. Best Co., 824 McClurg Road, via a rear door, tampered with three vending machines and stole brass fittings as well as an undisclosed sum of money.

Theft: A man noticed $160 missing from his wallet he had accidentally left at a Doral Drive business.

March 14

Stolen property: Youngstown police relinquished custody of 28-year-old Michael E. Reese to township authorities. Reese, of Broadview Avenue, Youngstown, was charged with receiving stolen property in relation to a Jan. 9 situation in which a man had reported a $300 cellphone stolen from his Firnley Avenue home.

Theft: Two women reportedly stole $100 worth of merchandise from Five Below, a discount store at 411 Boardman-Poland Road.

Vandalism: The property manager for an apartment building in the 5700 block of Sheridan Road alleged that a tenant had done $7,800 in damage to a unit’s interior before being evicted.

Theft: A Columbiana man alleged his teenage stepdaughter refused to return to him a $400 electronic tablet when she visited another family member’s Mapleridge Drive residence.

Theft: A pair of dress shoes, $35 and an Ohio driver’s license were removed from a vehicle in the 20 block of Wilda Avenue.

Theft by deception: A Ron Joy Place woman reported someone in Waller, Texas, sent her a $5,400 certified check that she learned was part of a scam after she had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell living-room and dining-room furniture.

Aggravated menacing: A worker for an East Western Reserve Road business alleged an employee who had been terminated threatened to harm and kill him.

Theft: A $25 gift card was missing from a home in the 3100 block of Straley Lane.

Theft: A Glenwood Avenue woman reported a keycard stolen from her car.

Assault/criminal damaging: Daniel T. Pawlak, 20, of Carter Circle, Boardman, surrendered on one count each of simple assault and criminal damaging related to a Feb. 24 incident in which his girlfriend, of Berlin Center, alleged Pawlak had pushed her into a wall during an argument and damaged her car.

March 15

Menacing: A Market Street woman alleged a man had threatened her and placed inappropriate photographs of the accuser online.

Assault/criminal damaging: A Market Street woman alleged a neighbor had grabbed her shoulders and forced her into a nearby building before damaging her cellphone.

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