Summary of recent criminal activity in Poland and Boardman

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A summary of recent criminal activity in Poland and Boardman townships:



Criminal damaging: A car sustained damage in the 1800 block of Bedford Road.

Oct. 24

Vandalism: A $40,000 backhoe, a roof and a vehicle were damaged at a residence in the 5200 block of Kennedy Road.

Oct. 25

Burglary: Someone entered a garage in the 7600 block of Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road and stole a bicycle before it was recovered.


Oct. 19

Criminal damaging: A Ferncliff Avenue woman noticed two dents in her car’s driver’s side.

Harassment: A Griswold Drive man said he’s received numerous unwanted calls from various credit-card companies.

Drugs: Authorities arrested Frankie V. Russo, 25, at his Gaither Avenue residence on warrants charging the Youngstown man with one count each of inducing panic and possession of drug paraphernalia after an April 14 situation in which police responded to someone who was reportedly passed out and not breathing at a Ron Joy Place home before paramedics administered two doses of Narcan to reverse the effects of opioids. In addition, officers were dispatched to an incident in the 700 block of Boardman-Canfield Road, where Russo admitted having overdosed on heroin, a report showed.

Theft: A man reportedly stole a men’s wristwatch from Gabe’s, 850 Boardman-Poland Road.

Theft: Leon C. Reynolds, 44, of Westchester Drive, Austintown, was charged with stealing 11 pairs of shoes valued at $319 from Burlington Coat Factory, 529 Boardman-Canfield Road.

Identity theft: A Tanglewood Drive man learned that his credit-card information had been used to make one fraudulent transaction each at two township stores that totaled about $513.

Theft: A Wolcott Drive man told officers someone had entered his daughter’s car and took her wallet.

Harassment: An Oakridge Drive woman reported having received unwanted contact via Facebook.

Theft: A woman in her 50s reportedly took $290 worth of bedsheets, bath towels and pillows from Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive.

Auto theft: A 1993 Oldsmobile 88 was stolen in the 800 block of Mathews Road.

Menacing: A Boardman woman said her 16-year-old daughter has received unwanted online messages.

Misuse of a credit card: A township woman found out someone removed $500 from her account after she had evidently left her purse at a Boardman-Poland Road restaurant.

Fraud: A Grover Drive woman told authorities a caller who claimed her grandson had been in a vehicular accident instructed her to send two $1,000 gift cards to him. The victim sent half of that sum and talked to her grandson, who said he had not been in such a predicament.

Oct. 20

Arrest: Authorities in the 900 block of Mathews Road picked up Richard A. Fanfer, 64, of Glendale Avenue, Boardman. Fanfer was wanted on a warrant accusing him of failing to appear in Youngstown Municipal Court to face a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Theft: Vincent T. Russo, 43, of Woodlawn Avenue, Poland, was charged, accused of stealing $14 worth of beef and shrimp from Walmart.

Arrest: While dealing with a possible domestic-violence situation, police took Jamison B. Kennedy, 44, into custody on charges of auto theft, domestic violence and making domestic-violence threats after his girlfriend alleged Kennedy, of Brandon Avenue, Poland, had slapped the back of her head during an argument as she drove, then threatened to kill the accuser. Afterward, Kennedy took her 2007 Buick Rendezvous, she further alleged.

Burglary: To a residence in the 900 block of Indianola Road, where the homeowner saw that a rear door had been forced open. Stolen from the garage was a $4,504 lawn mower.

Drugs: Police on Fairlawn Avenue issued a minor-misdemeanor citation to Terral J. Miles, 20, of Cain Street, Youngstown, charging him with having pieces of suspected marijuana in his pocket and sock.

Theft: A Huntington Drive woman reported solar lights had been removed from her backyard.

Identity theft: A Berklee Drive man found out someone had fraudulently used his name and address on the victim’s online account to buy four $100 gift cards from a Farmington Hills, Mich., store.

Theft: A woman reportedly rented but failed to return a $2,800 camera and two lenses to YM Camera, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, as instructed in the contract.

Harassment: A Lakeshore Drive man said his former girlfriend has made and sent numerous such calls and text messages to him.

Thefts: Arnetta J. Jones, 54, of Karl Street, Youngstown, faced two theft charges after $79 worth of soap and laundry products was stolen from Rite Aid Pharmacy, 307 Boardman-Canfield Road. Jones also was accused of taking miscellaneous merchandise from Dollar General, 8573 Market St.

Oct. 21

Arrest: After responding to a report that a car had been stolen from a Beechwood Drive residence, authorities charged a 16-year-old Youngstown boy with one felony count each of fleeing and eluding police, receiving stolen property and obstructing official business, along with one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. The teen stole the 2003 Ford Escape and led officers on a pursuit before crashing in Youngstown, then fled on foot, a report stated.

Drugs: A traffic stop near Market Street led to a minor-misdemeanor citation charging Koya Carr, 40, of Market Street, Boardman, with having a bag of suspected marijuana in her purse.

Theft: Albert J. Stefek, 46, of South Avenue, Youngstown, was charged in the theft of a portable DVD player and a Bluetooth wireless speaker from Walmart.

Drugs: After pulling him over in the 4400 block of Market Street, authorities charged James C. Levy, 48, of Cherry Hill Drive, Youngstown, with trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and obstructing official business, a misdemeanor. Levy, who initially failed to follow officers’ instructions, had a plastic bag that contained 27.2 grams of suspected marijuana, as well as a digital scale with suspected marijuana residue, a report showed.

Arrest: Nicholas C. Dundics, 30, of Hitchcock Road, Boardman, was charged with operating a vehicle impaired and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle after having been pulled over near Glenwood Avenue. Dundics was an impaired driver with a 0.155 blood-alcohol content, which is nearly double Ohio’s 0.08 legal intoxication limit, who also had a .45-caliber pistol, along with two loaded magazines in the trunk, a report stated.

Theft: Richard Sherb, 32, of Redgate Lane, Austintown, faced charges of theft, criminal trespassing and criminal simulation after being accused of switching price labels on a $280 modem while at Walmart. Found in Sherb’s vehicle were hundreds of fraudulent barcodes, police alleged.

Unauthorized use of a vehicle: A West Boulevard man reported a friend borrowed but failed to return his 2010 Nissan Altima.

Attempted theft: Two males reportedly entered vehicles in the 200 block of Reta Lane.

Burglary: Took place at a home in the 4000 block of Sylvia Lane, from which a Sony PlayStation 4 game system and related items were missing.

Criminal mischief: Two Angiline Drive residents saw that someone had shot their homes with paint guns.

Oct. 22

Assault/criminal damaging: A woman alleged her former boyfriend came to her Brandon Avenue residence and pushed her after having become upset that a friend also was there. After telling him to leave, the former boyfriend kicked and did minor damage to her door, a report said.

Criminal damaging/criminal mischief: A Lost Creek Drive woman reported her mailbox had been damaged. Also, a neighbor saw that eggs had been tossed at his car.

Criminal mischief: A man told police someone without permission opened a letter he had received from the Internal Revenue Service while he was moving from the 4800 block of Brookwood Road to Greenville, S.C.

Harassment: A Moyer Avenue woman alleged her former boyfriend’s mother has been sending her unwanted text messages.

Oct. 23

Drugs: Officers on Boardman-Canfield Road handed Chike Rakilam, 27, a minor-misdemeanor citation after alleging Rakilam, of Liberty Road, Youngstown, had suspected marijuana.

Theft: Police phone booked Albert D. Byro IV of Wilshire Drive, Youngstown, on a theft charge. Byro, 23, was accused of stealing a $349 Xbox console Aug. 29 from Walmart.

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