Public indecency charge

Public indecency charge


A Struthers man awaits arraignment today in the Mahoning County Area Court on two misdemeanor counts of public indecency after being caught touching himself at a township store parking lot.

Police arrested Charles Terry, 49, of Grandview Drive, Friday afternoon. A report says officers were dispatched to the area after a call from a woman who claimed a man was touching himself in the parking lot of Lowe’s located on Doral Drive. Police found a vehicle matching the suspect’s description at Sheridan and Mathews Road and stopped it.

Terry denied the accusation. A background check revealed two convictions of public indecency in 1995 and 2001. Police released Terry on a $2,500 bond later Friday.

Juvenile with gun


Reports said police early Sunday tackled a juvenile carrying a large gun while answering a burglary call at a home in the 309 block of West Midlothian Boulevard.

Reports said police were called to the South Side home for a burglary in progress with guns involved, and when officers arrived, an officer in the front saw someone in an upstairs window who then ran out of the back of the house.

Reports said officers there chased the person, who dropped a rifle and was tackled when he tried to climb over a fence and was handcuffed after a brief struggle.

Another person managed to elude police.

Jewelry and video-game equipment were stolen, reports said. Reports did not indicate if the unidentified person taken into custody was issued a citation or taken to jail.

Outside exposure


Donald M. Knepper, 26, of Parkman Road Northwest, pleaded not guilty to public indecency Monday in Warren Municipal Court in a Sunday incident outside a nursing home.

A citizen called 911 to say that a man was exposing himself at 6:07 p.m. outside of a dining-hall window on Washington Street Northwest. The hall was full of residents, the citizen said.

An officer handcuffed Knepper, charged him and released him on a summons to appear in court. A judge ordered Knepper held in the jail without eligibility to make bond.

YSU social media team


The Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business Administration social media team of William Heath and Caleb Anderson finished third this weekend in the Social Media Competition at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

Forty teams nationwide submitted entries for this year’s competition. Then eight finalists were selected to present to Precise Tooling Solutions CEO and founder Don Dumoulin and the company’s marketing manager and competition co-sponsor John Rowe, along with a panel of faculty judges.

Road closure


Albright McKay Road, between Everett East Road and Stewart Sharon Road, is closed through April 28 due to culvert replacement. The recommended detour route is west on Stewart Sharon Road, south on Warner Road and east on Everett East Road.

Meeting canceled


The Youngstown school board’s meeting set for today has been canceled.

Suspected drugs found


Police arrested three people after a traffic stop that turned up suspected methamphetamine, according to a report.

Police decided to search the vehicle after noting that passengers were behaving nervously and the vehicle smelled of marijuana.

Police said they found a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine in a purse belonging to Kali Desimone, 21, of Poland. She said the drugs belonged to her boyfriend. Police also said they found two burnt soda cans and a burnt spoon with suspected heroin residue in a gym bag belonging to Stephen Blazo, 53, of Austintown, who is on federal probation.

Blazo is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and Desimone faces a felony charge of possession of drugs. Police issued her a citation for driving under suspension and failure to stay in marked lanes. Another passenger, Rayvenn Ortiz, 20, of Youngstown, was arrested on charges of giving police a false name and birth date.

Appropriations meeting


A motion to approve permanent appropriations for 2017 was on the agenda at Monday’s trustee meeting, but officials said they need a few more days to complete the process. A special meeting will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday to approve the year’s permanent appropriations. The township has been operating on temporary appropriations approved in December.

Neighborhood program


Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will host “Growing Garden Leadership” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Raymond John Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St. Parking is available at the Franklin Street parking deck.

The event is open to the public. Mansfield Frazier will be keynote speaker, and topics will include chemical free pest control, how to find a fiscal agent, fundraising, seed giveaway, event planning and community organization.

To RSVP, contact Cassandra Clevenger at 330-774-8896 or

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