Robbery at Quick Stop
A man wearing a black mask and wielding a knife robbed the Quick Stop Food Store, 2040 North Road, at 8:16 p.m. Monday.
The suspect held a knife to the clerk’s shoulder, pushed him toward the cash registers and took cash from the registers, according to a police report. The suspect fled on foot.
He was wearing blue jeans and a gray-hooded, zip-up sweatshirt with a white lining on the hood. Police said that from reviewing the store’s surveillance video, the suspect appeared to be middle-aged.
Facing drug charges
Township police made a drug-related arrest during a traffic stop Monday.
A patrol officer saw a vehicle with a defective exhaust make an improper turn and pulled the car over on Newport Drive at Market Street about 6:30 p.m., according to a police report.
After smelling burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle, a search reportedly turned up a suspected marijuana blunt and a small bag containing suspected cocaine.
The vehicle’s passenger, Tommy Grant, 23, of Youngstown, is charged with drug possession for the cocaine. Police cited driver Tiesha Howell, 22, of Youngstown, for possession of marijuana and driving under suspension.
Stolen items recovered
Police recovered stolen property Friday after responding to a call at a motel. A woman told police she couldn’t get into the room she was sharing with the father of her children because he had been drinking all day and firing a pellet gun in the motel room.
Police found Joshua Weston, 36, of Austintown, in his room at the Westgate Hotel at 4493 Mahoning Ave., reportedly surrounded by pellets and spent CO2 canisters. The gun, BBs and CO2 canisters were stolen from the Kmart at 4475 Mahoning Ave., police said. Weston is charged with theft and criminal trespass.
Principal reports threat
The principal of the STEAM Academy of Warren, 261 Elm Road NE, a charter school, reported Monday that a former student said he was planning to blow up the school. The male alleged to have made the threat had been truant and had been suspended from school on multiple occasions and had withdrawn from the school Jan. 27, the principal told police.
Arrested after theft
A Columbiana man faces charges of theft and obstructing official business after police accused him of taking a camera from Kohl’s, then locked himself in a restaurant bathroom.
Charged is Brandon Phillips, 39, of Crestview Road. The charges stem from an incident reported about 2:30 p.m. Monday, when police were called about a theft at Kohl’s in which the suspect fled to Rise Pies on Boardman-Poland Road.
Phillips was found at Rise Pies, where he had locked himself in the restroom, according to a report.
Restaurant workers brought officers a key, and when they entered the restroom, they found Phillips standing smoking a cigarette. The stolen camera was recovered, and Phillips was taken to the Mahoning County jail.
Taking officer test
Thirty-seven people are signed up to take the entry-level test to be a city police officer March 4 at Warren G. Harding High School. Six current officers also will take the promotional exam for lieutenant, officials said at Tuesday’s Warren Civil Service Commission meeting.
The city plans to hire about 15 police officers with money generated by the half-percent income-tax increase approved by voters during last year’s general election.
I-680 ramps closed
The ramps from Interstate 680 to U.S. Route 62 eastbound will be closed for repairs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, the Ohio Department of Transportation has announced.