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


Aug. 26

Theft: Two firearms were missing from a residence in the 2500 block of Timothy Knoll Drive.

Aug. 27

Theft/criminal damaging: Numerous vehicles in Poland Township Park off Struthers Road sustained damage, and items removed from them included credit cards, an android phone, money and gift cards.


Aug. 24

Theft: An administrator with a Boardman nursing home discovered $143.50 worth of unauthorized withdrawals had been made against a former resident’s bank account.

Theft: A township man reported his $850 iPhone missing at a South Avenue restaurant.

Theft: A McDonald woman noticed a $129 electronic tablet missing while she was at a South Avenue big-box store.

Fraud: The owner of a Boardman drywall business reported getting a letter stating a checking/credit-card account had been opened under the business’s name, and that an unauthorized $924 purchase of basement drywall was made.

Theft: A man and a woman reportedly stole $125 worth of household items from Big Lots, 7110 South Ave.

Aug. 25

Arrest: Police responded to a 911 hang-up call that originated from a Market Street motel, where they took Samuel A. Shipton, 32, into custody. Shipton, of Market, Boardman, was wanted on a Columbiana County warrant accusing him of failing to appear in court on a charge of nonsupport of children.

Assault: Officers arrested Christopher A. Troisi, 47, of Forest Park Place, Boardman, who was wanted on a Beaver Township warrant charging assault.

Auto theft: Authorities at the Tuscarawas County jail in New Philadelphia picked up Heather D. Bailey of Steubenville, who was wanted on an auto-theft charge, related to a Jan. 25 incident in which a 2000 Dodge Ram truck was stolen at a business in the 8400 block of South Avenue.

Theft: A woman reported a package that contained a credit card had been taken from her former residence on Prestwick Drive.

Breaking and entering: Someone broke into Johnny’s Fine Food & Spirits, 7807 Market St. Video surveillance reportedly showed what appeared to be a man in a T-shirt over a long-sleeved shirt, a brimmed hat and a bandana tied over his face stealing money from several drawers.

Theft: Sheena M. Smith, 33, of Windsor Avenue, Youngstown, was charged with stealing about $18 worth of food and other merchandise from Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive.

Arrest: Authorities in Poland picked up Harry A. Cooper Jr., 28, of Youngstown-Lowellville Road, Lowellville, who faced a public-indecency charge after a June 7 incident in which employees with a Market Street pet center reported someone had exposed himself to them.

Menacing: A Cook Avenue woman and two other people reported threats against them on social media.

Theft: A woman reportedly stole three pencil eyeliners from Hair Depot, 4026 Market St.

Theft: Someone entered a vehicle in the 4100 block of Glenwood Avenue and removed a $13 women’s jacket.

Aug. 26

Arrest: A traffic stop near Presidential Drive resulted in the arrest of Andrei P. Taindel, 71, of Buchanan Drive, Boardman, on a charge of operating a vehicle impaired. Taindel registered a 0.167 blood-alcohol content, which is slightly more than double Ohio’s 0.08 legal intoxication limit, a report showed.

Assault: A Green Bay Drive man alleged a neighbor threatened to beat him up and, during the confrontation, poked his finger in the accuser’s face, leaving a swollen lip.

Citation: Officers answered a call about a man asking customers for money at an East Midlothian Boulevard gas station before issuing a minor-misdemeanor citation charging Jovan Vuckovic, 58, of Detroit Avenue, Youngstown, with disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Domestic violence: Claxton M. Lebron, 26, of Neoka Drive, Campbell, surrendered on a domestic-violence charge after a township woman alleged he had struck her in the head and threatened the accuser with a knife at her apartment. Lebron later pulled her off a couch by her leg and punched her several times in the hip and ribs, she further alleged.

Theft: Police said Kirk A. Miller and Marypat Buster, both 49 and of Amberly Drive, Youngstown, were charged in the theft of $95 worth of property that included two shirts from Kohl’s, 383 Boardman-Poland Road.

Assault: Police responded to a possible domestic situation near Market Street and Meadowbrook Avenue, then charged Aaron J. Ward, 22, of Hyatt Avenue, Campbell, with assault and drug abuse after alleging Ward had three pills in his pocket that were Tramadol, a controlled substance typically used to treat moderate to severe pain. An officer also witnessed Ward hitting a woman in the face as he drove by them, a report stated.

Criminal damaging: Someone tossed a rock through a front window to a home in the 700 block of Havenwood Drive and did an estimated $600 in damage.

Theft: A heavyset man reportedly stole a $330 gold necklace from Piercing Pagoda, a jewelry store in Southern Park Mall.

Citation: Police near Market Street handed a minor-misdemeanor citation to Monica M. Gragorace, 26, of Jean Street, Campbell, charging her with having a suspected marijuana pipe.

Theft: Albert D. Byrd IV of Wilshire Drive, Youngstown, was charged in the theft of a Pittsburgh Steelers pullover jacket from Touchdown Gifts in Southern Park Mall. Byrd, 23, also was cited on a marijuana–possession charge.

Arrest: After answering a shoplifting call at Walmart, authorities charged Shawn C. Hamlett of West Evergreen Avenue, Youngstown, with theft, drug abuse, obstructing official business and forgery after alleging Hamlett, 21, stole $212 worth of merchandise, had 10 over-the-counter pills in his pocket, lied about his identity and signed a false name on an official document after the arrest.

Theft/vandalism: An official with Sweeney Buick GMC, 7997 Market St., discovered four chrome and four aluminum wheels had been stolen from a vehicle, which sustained damage to its finish. The damage and theft came to $8,400.

Aug. 27

Arrest: Officers responded to Forest Park Place in reference to a stolen vehicle before arresting Marc A. Chicase, 40, of Forest Park Place, Boardman. He was wanted on Austintown warrants charging heroin possession and inducing panic.

Auto theft: A 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass was stolen in the 5000 block of Forest Park Place.

Assault/criminal damaging: A Wilda Avenue couple told officers two men struck them and punched their front window after they had complained that a neighbor and friends were making too much noise.

Identity theft: A Ewing Road woman discovered two of her credit cards had been used without authorization to make fraudulent purchases, including one at a California pizzeria, that totaled about $65.

Felonious assault: Medical personnel at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital reported a Boardman man had been struck in the face with a blunt object and possibly suffered a broken nose. The victim said he had been jumped during a party at a Sciota Avenue residence, but provided few details.

Domestic violence: Edwin Moran Jr., 37, of Fifth Street, Struthers, was charged after police responded to a fight at a Doral Drive big-box store, where his fianc e alleged Moran had hit her and pushed the accuser against a floral display during an argument.

Drug paraphernalia: Police in the 200 block of Boardman-Canfield Road charged Cody L. Hartman, 25, of Oregon Trail, Boardman, with possession of drug paraphernalia after alleging a straw with suspected drug residue was in his wallet. Hartman also was arrested on a warrant charging inducing panic after authorities had responded to a possible drug overdose June 29 at his apartment, where they reportedly found him unresponsive in a bathroom before he was given two doses of Narcan to reverse or block the effects of opioids.

Aug. 28

Assault: A worker for a Boardman-Poland Road store reported four men yelled racial slurs at him, then got out of a vehicle and beat him up, leaving cuts to the accuser’s right hand and knuckles.

Child endangerment: After responding to a complaint regarding possible drug use in the 900 block of Cook Avenue, officers took into custody Arianna M. Traficant, 25, on charges of drug abuse and endangering children after alleging Traficant, of Maplewood Drive, New Middletown, had two pieces of suspected marijuana in her car. In addition, police found in a nearby apartment her 2-year-old son, who was unattended and appeared to be in distress; he also had food and dirt on his face and in his hair, a report said.

Drugs: Dean M. Lauer, 18, of Hood Drive, Canfield, surrendered on a misdemeanor drug-abuse charge, related to a July 13 situation in which someone reported a man asleep in a vehicle on Lockwood Boulevard. Lauer had in a cigar wrapper a pill determined to be Alprazolam, a potent controlled substance commonly used to treat anxiety and panic attacks, with no prescription, police alleged.

Breaking and entering: Someone reportedly used a large chunk of concrete to shatter a window, then break into Pondscape, 5005 Market St. Stolen was an undisclosed sum of money from a cash drawer.

Domestic violence: Raven S. Rutledge, 20, of Rush Boulevard, Youngstown, was charged after a fight at a U.S. Route 224 restaurant between Rutledge and her partner, who reportedly had scratches and minor bleeding in several areas.

Theft/drugs: Timothy D. Banks, 23, was charged with theft and drug abuse after $59 worth of body wash and toothpaste was stolen from Dollar General, 859 E. Midlothian Blvd. Banks, of East Dewey Avenue, Youngstown, also admitted having suspected crack cocaine in his pocket, police alleged.

Theft: Benjamin M. Warner, 38, of Trumbull Avenue, Girard, was charged with taking three fishing reels valued at $180 from Walmart.

Theft: A $60 solar-gazing ball and its stand were removed from a front yard on Baymar Drive.

Criminal damaging: A Ferncliff Avenue woman told officers someone intentionally dented her driver’s-side fender with a golf ball and did about $500 in damage.

Menacing: A teller for a Market Street bank reported an intoxicated man made an implied threat after having been asked to leave.

Theft: A Boardman man discovered a $1,000 air-conditioning condenser unit had been stolen from his father’s Southern Boulevard home.

Theft: A South Avenue woman realized $90 had been removed from her pants pocket.

Theft/criminal mischief: A Baymar Drive woman noticed a lawn ornament had been stolen from her yard, and that the contents of a potted plant were strewn on her porch.

Aug. 29

Domestic violence: Gary R. Jackson, 45, of Simon Road, Boardman, faced charges of domestic violence and violating a protection order after a third person alleged Jackson had thrown a woman from a vehicle and punched her during an ongoing argument. The victim was found bleeding from her mouth and had blood on her hands and clothing, a report stated.

Theft: Kevin C. Brown Sr., 44 of Woodland Avenue, Campbell, was charged after $26 worth of baby formula was stolen from Walgreens Pharmacy, 7295 Market St. Brown also was wanted on a warrant charging failure to appear in court.

Theft: Authorities phone booked Jason A. Rosenberger, 35, of Poland Avenue, Struthers, on a felony-theft charge after a man had reported a .40-caliber handgun stolen July 30 from his Afton Avenue residence.

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