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Man charged with shooting dog


An East Side man called police Tuesday afternoon when his neighbor allegedly shot his dog, according to a report.

William Slanina, 62, of Rosewood Avenue, told police he shot the dog because it was in a field he owned.

The dog’s owner told police the dog got loose, and when Slanina shot at the dog, it returned home.

He said Slanina, however, shot at the dog again once it returned home, striking it in the shoulder.

Officers saw a trail of blood running from the walkway into the house. The owner said his kids were playing 15 feet from where the dog was hit. Police charged Slanina with discharging a firearm within city limits, and officers took his gun.

School on lockdown


Taft Elementary School was on lockdown for about 30 minutes about 10 a.m. Wednesday during a police investigation near the school.

Police responded to a call from a couple who said a man approached and asked to use their cellphone, according to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

The suspect refused to return the phone, pulled out a gun and fired two shots in the air, the television station reported.

The incident happened near the intersection of East Lucius Avenue and Gibson Street on the South Side.

District spokeswoman Denise Dick said the lockdown was precautionary because the incident occurred in the neighborhood.

“Nothing happened inside the school,” she said.

Suspected crack found during stop


Police stopped a man Tuesday night for failing to use a turn signal and found suspected crack cocaine in his possession, according to a report.

When police pulled over a car on Summer Street on the South Side, Adam Devine, 34, of Lake Drive, was looking at his lap and reaching for his feet, officers reported.

When they asked to see his hands, a white powdery substance was visible on his palms, the report said. They also reported observing a torn plastic bag and rocks of suspected crack cocaine on his lap. Police found more suspected crack on the floor and an additional bag in the door.

Devine is charged with possession of drugs, failure to signal and driving under a suspension.

Drug charge


Township police on Tuesday arrested a woman on a charge related to her suspected drug overdose.

According to the report, police were dispatched to a Cook Avenue apartment Aug. 2 in reference to a woman who was not breathing.

When police arrived, emergency medical responders with the fire department and an ambulance service had already administered Narcan, an opioid-overdose antidote, to Nichole McMurray, according to the report.

McMurray, 21, of Meadowbrooke Avenue, told police she had snorted heroin, according to the report. McMurray was arrested on a charge of inducing panic.

YSU to host state legislators


Youngstown State University will host dozens of Ohio legislators from across the state Friday and Saturday. While on campus, they will be taking tours, meeting faculty and students and exploring all that YSU and the city of Youngstown have to offer.

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