Arson charge

Arson charge


Reports said a man arrested late Monday for trying to burn his house down during an argument with his girlfriend said one day “Youngstown police would be lying dead in the streets.”

Police booked Michael Crytzer, 42, of Wells Court, into the Mahoning County jail on a charge of aggravated arson. He is expected to be arraigned today in municipal court.

Reports said police were called to his West Side home about 10:20 p.m. When they arrived, a woman on the front porch told them she was arguing with Crytzer over her working late, and he tried to set a curtain on fire.

Police went inside and found Crytzer, who reports said appeared to be drunk, and a curtain that looked as if it had been set on fire recently. Police took Crytzer into custody, and once inside a cruiser, he banged his head against the window repeatedly and then threatened police, reports said.

Pleads not guilty


An 80-year-old Poland man accused of fondling the juvenile daughter of his home health care worker appeared Tuesday morning in Mahoning County Area Court.

Floyd Sowers of Wolosyn Circle entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition. His bond was set at $10,000, and he was ordered not to have contact with the girl. The charge stems from an incident reported to township police Friday morning.

A woman told police she brought her daughter with her to work that day, and walked in on Sowers touching the girl’s breasts while the girl was asleep. Her age was not given in the report. He has another court appearance May 16.

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