A summary of recent criminal activity in Hubbard, Liberty and Girard:


Dec. 27

Arrest: Police responded to a possibly intoxicated man at a state Route 304 gas station, where they charged 36-year-old Jeremiah J. Johnson of Moore Street, Hubbard, with operating a vehicle impaired. Johnson had a 0.361 blood-alcohol content, which is more than four times Ohio’s 0.08 legal intoxication limit, a report showed.

Dec. 29

Arrest: Authorities received information about a possible reckless driver on North Main Street before charging James J. Surette III of Orchard Avenue, Hubbard, with driving under suspension. The 29-year-old Surette also was cited on charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle and having a suspected marijuana pipe.

Dec. 30

Citation: Officers noticed a suspicious vehicle in Harding Park off state Route 616, then issued a minor-misdemeanor citation charging 22-year-old Zachary K. Merrell of Stewart Avenue, Hubbard, with possession of drug paraphernalia. Found was a bowl commonly used for marijuana that contained a green vegetable-like substance, a report stated.


Dec. 28

Arrest: Police stopped Jeffrey Velazquez for speeding on Hadley Avenue before charging the 26-year-old man with operating a vehicle impaired. Velazquez, of South Bon Air Avenue, Youngstown, had a 0.087 blood-alcohol content, a report said.

Forgery: Someone passed a fake $50 bill to pay for a meal at Taco Bell, 3551 Belmont Ave.

Theft: A Warren woman reported her iPhone and $200 stolen while she was at a Belmont Avenue business.

Arrest: Police noticed a car traveling near Gypsy Lane with the driver’s-side door open before pulling over and charging 47-year-old Brenda R. Turner of Gypsy, Liberty, with operating a vehicle impaired.

Dec. 29

Criminal damaging: A Green Acres Drive woman alleged her sister’s boyfriend, of Lawrenceville, Ga., kicked a door and broke a window during a disturbance at her apartment.

Dec. 30

Arrest: Police were dispatched to the Mahoning County jail to serve a Girard Municipal Court warrant charging Steven A. Garland, 41, of Dixon Street, Youngstown, with failure to appear in court.

Drugs: A traffic stop in the 4200 block of Belmont Avenue resulted in the arrest of 30-year-old Cassandra P. Weyant of East Fifth Street, Salem, on three drug-possession charges and one count each of drug abuse and driving under suspension. Weyant had on her person suspected marijuana, along with 11 individual Xanex tablets and four pills identified as Hydrocodone, an opioid pain medication, police alleged.

Arrest: Officers arrested 25-year-old Angel M. Harrison of Medford Avenue, Youngstown, at her place of employment on Belmont Avenue. She was wanted on a felony-theft warrant from Columbiana County.

Dec. 31

Arrests: During a traffic stop on Belmont Avenue, authorities took into custody Charles A. Lightning, 23, of Columbus, on a charge of obstructing a police officer and after discovering he was wanted on a felony drug-possession charge from Franklin County. Also, 26-year-old Anqualnette M. Mayo of South Schenley Avenue, Youngstown, was charged with obstructing official business when, police alleged, she had lied about Lightning’s identity.

Arrest: Police picked up 68-year-old John E. McLean as he walked on Belmont Avenue. McLean, of Roosevelt Drive, Liberty, was wanted on a Youngstown warrant.

Arrest: Officers pulled over a motorist near Belmont and Trumbull avenues, then took 53-year-old Michael A. Tate of Alameda Avenue, Youngstown, into custody. He was wanted on a city warrant and had 15 suspensions on his driver’s license, a report said.

Theft: Authorities were dispatched to the Mahoning County jail to take custody of 22-year-old Demond Belton of West Auburndale Avenue, Youngstown, who was wanted on a theft warrant.

Jan. 1

Arrest: Davean E. Anderson, 52, was charged with operating a vehicle impaired and driving under an OVI suspension after having been pulled over on Hadley Avenue. Anderson, of Benford Lane, Liberty, refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, police said.

Theft: A Louise Lane woman found out $300 had been removed from her purse.

Arrest: A traffic stop on Church Hill-Hubbard Road led to the arrest of 22-year-old Eric P. Kosmo on a charge of operating a vehicle impaired. The Reynoldsburg, Ohio, man’s blood-alcohol content was 0.110, a report showed.

Theft: A man discovered a $500 iPhone missing after having hosted a New Year’s Eve party at his Aurora Drive home.

Arrest: Officers pulled over a vehicle after saying the driver had twice struck a curb on Belmont Avenue and before charging Cody W. McFarland, 26, of Campground Road, West Middlesex, Pa., with operating a vehicle impaired. McFarland admitted he smoked marijuana, took over-the-counter pills and drank two beers at a New Year’s Eve party, a report stated.

Assault: An employee with Belmont Pines Hospital, 615 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, alleged a 13-year-old patient had used a ballpoint pen to stab his cheek near his eye as the victim tried to get the teen to comply.

Arrest: Officers who answered a call pertaining to a four-wheel vehicle and a dirt bike on Church Hill-Hubbard Road charged 18-year-old Brandon J. Click of Beverly Hills Drive, Liberty, with failure to comply with police and handed him a minor-misdemeanor citation charging reckless operation of a vehicle. Click, who was on the four-wheel vehicle, had led authorities on a pursuit before being apprehended at his residence, they alleged.

Jan. 2

Breaking and entering: Someone broke into a Logan Way pastoral center and damaged a chapel door, though it appeared nothing was stolen.

Breaking and entering: Someone forcibly entered Refuge Ministries Inc., 1155 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, by breaking a set of upper and lower glass doors. Stolen from a commons area were two video-game consoles.

Jan. 3

Attempted burglary: Two people reportedly were seen on a balcony trying to open a bedroom window to an apartment in the 2900 block of Northview Boulevard before a resident yelled at and scared away the would-be burglars.


Dec. 28

Theft: A woman noticed a bag and 30 prescription pills missing from her car while she was in the 20 block of West Main Street.

Criminal damaging: A man told police that while in the 100 block of Market Street, he saw someone toss a gift box and a Christmas ornament at his car, which scratched the vehicle and resulted in a $500 damage estimate.

Dec. 29

Misuse of a credit card: A Squaw Creek Drive man discovered on his credit-card statement 14 fraudulent or questionable transactions that had taken place last October.

Arrest: After stopping his vehicle in the 100 block of Trumbull Avenue, authorities charged James L. Propst of North Lorain Avenue, Girard, with operating a vehicle impaired. Propst, 55, refused to take a breathalyzer test, a report showed.

Dec. 30

Burglary: Took place at an apartment in the 40 block of West Liberty Street. A pellet gun, a backpack and numerous over-the-counter medications were missing.

Assault: While dealing with a fight at a West Main Street restaurant, officers charged Dale E. Ravenscraft, 39, of Laird Avenue, Warren, with assault after several patrons alleged he had started the fight with another man, and after a woman alleged Ravenscraft had struck her in the melee.

Dec. 31

Overdose: Police responded to a possible drug overdose in the 1100 block of Washington Avenue, where a man reported his brother had come to in a bedroom. The victim was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Theft: Authorities answered a complaint about someone breaking into cars in the 10 block of North Market Street, then charged a 17-year-old Girard boy with stealing various Christmas cards from the vehicles.

Burglary: To an apartment in the 700 block of Church Hill Road, from which $500 was removed from a kitchen drawer.

Jan. 1

Arrest: Officers responded to a one-car accident on Elruth Court before charging Matthew A. Kleiner, 25, with operating a vehicle impaired after saying the Girard man had a 0.170 blood-alcohol content.

Arrest: A vehicle check near Dearborn Street led to 20-year-old Luis P. Rodriguez’s arrest. Rodriguez, of Chalmers Avenue, Youngstown, was wanted on an assault charge.

Jan. 3

Harassment: An East Main Street man said he had received a threatening text message.

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