A summary of recent criminal activity in Poland and Boardman townships:
Harassment: A Clingan Road woman said she’s being harassed.
Theft: Authorities arrested 30-year-old Darrell Merriwether at his Compton Lane residence on a theft charge after an employee with Denny’s Restaurant, 154 Boardman-Canfield Road, discovered her $600 iPhone had been stolen while she was at work. A tracking device revealed the Youngstown man had taken the phone, a report stated.
Menacing: A Lemans Drive woman alleged her sister had threatened to beat up the accuser, who also reported having received threatening text messages.
Identity theft: A New Springfield man found out someone without authorization had withdrawn $225 from his account at a Market Street bank.
Criminal damaging: The driver of a red pickup truck reportedly intentionally drove through and damaged several lawns in the 700 block of Canterbury Lane.
Harassment: A Shields Road woman said she received two unwanted emails and one such text message.
Theft: A 10-year-old Boardman Center Middle School student was reportedly caught on a security camera entering a classroom after the teacher had left and before she returned to discover contents from her purse strewn about and $10 missing.
Theft: A man reported several pieces of jewelry and magazines to firearms stolen from his Alburn Drive home.
Theft: A man and a woman reportedly took a $55 Green Bay Packers jersey from Touchdown Gifts in Southern Park Mall.
Aggravated menacing: A man at Southern Park Mall told authorities he had been threatened while attending an event in which his daughter was participating.
Criminal damaging: A woman reported having heard someone break a basement window to her township residence.
Theft: Police charged Deana L. Jenkins, 30, of Forest Park Drive, Boardman; Derreka K.L. Clinkscale, 31 of Moherman Avenue, Youngstown; and 40-year-old Laqresha S. Womack of Moorefield Avenue, Austintown, with theft and possession of criminal tools after 43 items were stolen from Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive, and after a pair of pliers and scissors were reportedly found. In addition, Womack was charged with drug possession when, authorities said, she had an over-the-counter medication without a prescription.
Theft/vandalism: The owner of a Boardman-Canfield Road nail salon told police various parts to a rooftop heating unit were stolen. Also, the unit sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage.
Arrest: While assisting in an effort to find a possible burglary suspect in the 3900 block of Shelby Road, officers took into custody a 17-year-old Austintown boy on charges of criminal trespassing, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. The teen acted erratically and in a threatening manner; also, police had to use a stun gun because he had failed several times to comply, a report said.
Assault: Authorities responding to a possible altercation at a Boardman-Canfield Road restaurant charged 28-year-old Zachary W. Pasko of Highland Avenue, Salem, with simple assault, as well as 37-year-old Rachelle M. Durkin of St. Andrews Court, Canfield, with disorderly conduct after a patron alleged Pasko had punched his nose and mouth, leaving a small cut to the accuser’s nose. Also, Durkin stepped several times between Pasko and police, interfering with their investigation, a report showed.
Vandalism/breaking and entering: The property owner of a Pennsylvania Drive apartment building told officers a tenant tossed numerous household items onto the lawn, broke glass in the apartment and dumped a pot of food on the living-room carpet before breaking down the door to an adjacent unit. Damage was estimated at $500.
Arrest: After responding a vehicular crash in the 90 block of Buena Vista Avenue, police apprehended Justin A. Green, 25, and charged him with obstructing official business and resisting arrest after alleging he had led them on a foot chase. It was later determined that Green, of Springfield Road, North Lima, had a 0.091 blood-alcohol content, which exceeds Ohio’s 0.08 legal intoxication limit, a report stated.
Weapon: A traffic stop near Southern Boulevard led to one felony count each of carrying a concealed weapon, being a convicted felon with a firearm and receiving stolen property against 37-year-old Winford Whister III of Applecrest Court, Boardman. Whister admitted having in his waistband a .40-caliber handgun, which had been reported stolen in Elyria, authorities alleged.
Theft: Two women reportedly left Steak ‘n’ Shake, 6786 Applewood Blvd., without paying their $40 food bill.
Theft: A man in his late 20s reportedly stole two pairs of shoes from Shoe Carnival, 550 Boardman-Poland Road.
Criminal mischief: A Forest Ridge Drive man reported someone had tossed eggs at his vehicle.
Burglary: To an apartment in the 5500 block of Southern Boulevard through a side window. Missing were several baseball caps and T-shirts, miscellaneous food items and two ceramic figures.
Theft: Several mailboxes were entered at a South Avenue mobile-home park, and various pieces of mail were taken.
Assault: A township woman alleged her soon-to-be former husband shoved her during a custody battle between them at a Market Street banquet center.
Aggravated menacing: A manager with a South Avenue landscaping business told officers that during an argument between two employees, one had brandished a knife in an effort to threaten the other.
Burglary: A Paxton Road woman reported that after having entered her garage, a man in his 30s assaulted her, then chased the victim through her residence before she fired one round from a bedroom, causing the assailant to flee.
Harassment: A worker with a U.S. Route 224 sandwich shop said a woman with whom he had been in a relationship sent him numerous derogatory and harassing text messages.
Theft: A North East, Pa., man noticed his $200 cellphone missing while at a South Avenue motel.
Harassment: A Southern Boulevard man said he received three such calls regarding debt he supposedly incurred and owes on a $1,783 loan he had never taken out.
Drugs: Police responded to a possible drug overdose in a parking lot of a California Avenue business before charging Julian M. D’Amico of West Seventh Street, McDonald, with possession of drug-abuse instruments. Two needles and a syringe were found on the 29-year-old D’Amico’s car roof after paramedics said he had tried to inject heroin and while he was given Naloxone, a medication commonly used to block or reverse the effects of opioid use, a police report showed.
Domestic violence: Lequan N. Charlton, 18, of Indianola Road, Boardman, was charged with the crime after his mother alleged Charlton had punched his brother’s head multiple times and choked the victim, who Charlton had accused of stealing $50 from him, police alleged.
Theft: Alexia B. Cathey, 25, of Catalina Avenue, Youngstown, surrendered on a theft charge after having been accused of stealing $890 worth of merchandise Nov. 5 from the J.C. Penney store in Southern Park Mall.
Harassment: A Turnberry Drive woman said she has gotten several unwanted text messages.
Theft: Four females and two males, all thought to be teens, reportedly stole $2,410 worth of clothing and purses from Gabriel Bros., 850 Boardman-Poland Road.
Theft: Louis S. Grande, 42, of South Lincoln Avenue, Salem, faced charges of theft and receiving stolen property after $345 worth of shirts and jackets was stolen from Kohl’s, 383 Boardman-Poland Road. Grande also had merchandise that had been taken from Macy’s in Southern Park Mall, police alleged.
Misuse of a credit card: A worker for a West Boulevard pizzeria reported someone had used a stolen credit card to pay for a $22 food order.
Theft: A man and a woman reportedly stole two pairs of boots valued at $410 from Dillard’s in Southern Park Mall.
Theft: Tursha K. Armitage, 37, of West Dennick Avenue, Youngstown, was charged with deliberately failing to scan various cat treats and a 2-liter bottle before leaving Walmart.
Arrest: After answering a domestic-dispute call on Mathews Road, police apprehended Gary A. White Jr. of Mathews, Boardman, then charged the 26-year-old man with obstructing official business after alleging he had jumped from a window and fled on foot to avoid being arrested on six Columbiana County warrants that included charges of assault and domestic violence.