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Summary of recent criminal activity in Poland and Boardman

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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


May 26

Identity fraud: A Ridgely Park Drive woman found out her personal information had been compromised.

May 30

Criminal damaging: A vehicle in the 8300 block of Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road was found with damage to a passenger-side door.


May 25

Theft: Police were dispatched to the Trumbull County jail to pick up Mary J. Rickard, 29, of Williamsburg Drive, Warren, who was accused of stealing a $180 remote-control drone March 20 from Kohl’s, 383 Boardman-Poland Road.

Theft: Alexia B. Cathey, 27, of Maywood Drive, Youngstown, was charged with stealing $174 worth of men’s clothing and a baby outfit from Dillard’s in Southern Park Mall.

Theft: A woman reportedly stole $80 worth of merchandise from Dollar General, 5953 South Ave., before fleeing in a gold sport utility vehicle.

Theft: A worker with Office Max, 427 Boardman-Poland Road, discovered a cash register was short by an undisclosed amount of money, possibly the result of a short-change scam.

Theft: Sheila Maldonado, 50, was charged after police alleged Maldonado, of Euclid Boulevard, Boardman, had stolen $244 worth of clothing and shoes from Kohl’s.

May 26

Arrest: Officers made contact with a suspicious man in the 20 block of Boardman-Canfield Road before taking Mel’Quan N. Patton, 26, into custody. Patton, who listed addresses on Glenwood Avenue in Boardman and 13th Street in Campbell, was wanted on a Campbell warrant charging him with failure to comply with terms or conditions of his probation.

Theft: Authorities picked up Tina M. Fizet of Homewood Avenue, Hubbard, who was being housed at the Mahoning County jail. Fizet, 39, faced a theft charge, related to a Feb. 3, 2016, shoplifting situation in which $250 worth of cosmetics was stolen from Ulta Beauty, 403 Boardman-Poland Road.

Theft: A man reportedly took a $30 bottle of herbal capsules from Tobacco City LLC, 110 Boardman-Poland Road.

Burglary: To an apartment in the 800 block of Cook Avenue, possibly through a rear window. A woman came home to find that clothing in a closet had been disturbed, though it appeared nothing was missing.

Theft: Someone removed a battery-powered sprayer, a weed trimmer, a bottle of bleach and detergent from Home Depot, 7001 Southern Blvd.

Drugs: Police obtained a search warrant for an apartment in the 800 block of Cook Avenue, where they reportedly found a plastic container with drug paraphernalia and a suspected crack-cocaine pipe in a bedroom after having responded to a possible overdose at the address. No one was home at the time, and no arrests had been made at the time of the report, though.

Theft: Eric O. Johnson of East Judson Avenue, Youngstown, was charged after authorities alleged Johnson, 27, left Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive, after intentionally failing to self-scan $21 worth of merchandise that included a TV antenna.

Menacing: A Truesdale Road woman alleged a Butler, Pa., man whom she had dated has posted a series of harassing Facebook messages and sent such text messages to her. The man also contacted her mother threatening to display fliers in the accuser’s neighborhood that contain false information about the victim and a second person, the victim further alleged.

Theft: A man reportedly took $25 worth of property from Family Dollar, 4030 Market St.

Arrest: Leon R. Glenn, 28, who listed Youngstown addresses on Willis and East Ravenwood avenues, was taken into custody during a traffic stop on Southern Boulevard. He was wanted on a Campbell warrant charging violation of a court order.

Theft: Anthony L. Foor, 31, of West Fourth Street, Salem, was charged with intentionally using a sticker with a certain price value to self-scan more expensive merchandise while in Walmart, which resulted in a $229 loss to the big-box store.

Theft: Carrie Pasquale, 42, of Banbury Drive, Boardman, faced a charge. She was accused of stealing about $303 worth of clothing from Kohl’s.

May 27

Arrest: Officers answered a call about an erratic driver near Mathews Road and South Avenue before charging Charles T. Cialella, 27, of Delaware Avenue, Poland, with obstructing official business and citing him on a charge of disorderly conduct while intoxicated after alleging Cialella had refused to cooperate and tried to walk away from police.

Arrest: Authorities at an Operating a Vehicle Impaired checkpoint near South Avenue charged Anthony O. Averette of Mercer Avenue, Youngstown, with OVI. Averette, 56, registered a 0.152 blood-alcohol content, which is nearly double Ohio’s 0.08 legal intoxication limit, a report showed.

Counterfeit: After pulling him over in the 7200 block of Market Street, police charged Steven M. Colian, 38, of Prospect Street Extension, Salem, with one misdemeanor count each of criminal simulation and possessing a drug-abuse instrument. A needle was found in a backpack in the vehicle; also, two fake $100 bills were discovered in his wallet, a report showed.

Criminal mischief: A disgruntled former Walmart employee reportedly smashed three bottles on the parking lot and tipped over a trash can in the area.

Theft: A woman reported her $900 iPhone missing while at a business in the 7300 block of Market Street.

Arrest/drugs: Officers in the 5200 block of Market Street pulled over then charged Taurean R. McCullough, 21, of Idlewood Avenue, Youngstown, with trafficking in drugs, a felony, after having found two bags that contained individually packaged bindles with a powder that tested positive for cocaine. Also arrested was Patrick R. Braxton, 22, of Shadyside Drive, Boardman, who was wanted on a warrant.

Attempted breaking and entering: Someone cut through a security gate in an effort to break into Zales Jewelry in Southern Park Mall, though no entry was made. Security footage showed two suspicious men walking in the area beforehand, a police report stated.

Criminal damaging: A car’s passenger-side window was smashed in the 100 block of Lemans Drive, resulting in a $150 damage estimate.

Domestic violence: Zachary M. Tallman, 19, of Glenwood Avenue, Boardman, was charged with the crime after his mother alleged Tallman had spit on her, then threatened to kill the accuser and a family pet.

Theft: A resident in a South Avenue long-term care facility discovered $50 had been removed from a drawer in his room.

Theft: Austintown police handed to township authorities Matthew T. Spaite, 32, of Rockdale Avenue, Boardman, who was wanted on a theft charge after $29 worth of flowers and alcoholic beverages was stolen May 22 from Giant Eagle, 476 Boardman-Canfield Road.

May 28

Arrest: After conducting a vehicle check in the 100 block of Brookfield Avenue, police arrested Shirlayann D. Martinez, 18, of Ashlar Avenue, Hubbard, upon learning Martinez was wanted on a warrant accusing her of failing to appear in Campbell Municipal Court.

Domestic violence: A 15-year-old township boy faced two domestic-violence counts after his mother alleged the teen had pushed her backward during an argument apparently related to Memorial Day plans. A short time later, the boy’s sister alleged, he punched her right shoulder and twice kicked her stomach.

Arrest: A traffic stop on Brookwood Road led to Joshua N. Kale’s arrest after police ascertained Kale, 37, of Forest Park Drive, Boardman, was wanted on a warrant charging him with failing to appear in Boardman Area Court on Market Street.

Auto theft: A 2010 Ford Escape was stolen from a driveway in the 3900 block of Windsor Road.

Theft: Two women in their 20s reportedly stole $1,028 worth of cosmetics and other items from Ulta Beauty.

Harassment: A Trenholm Road man said he’s received dozens of such text messages that included insults and profanities.

Theft: A man reportedly stole $10 worth of candy from Family Dollar, 4030 Market St.

May 29

Arrest: Officers received a 911 call about a man who had passed out and fallen in a parking lot at an East Midlothian Boulevard discount store, then charged Robert P. Burton, 56, of West Parkside Drive, Boardman, with one felony count of operating a vehicle impaired. Burton, who refused to submit to a breath test, had 54 driving suspensions and has had no valid driver’s license since 1984, a report stated.

Animal complaint: A Shelby Road man said a neighbor’s untethered dog defecated in his yard, something the complainant said was part of an ongoing issue with the neighbor.

Arrest: While responding to a two-car crash in the 1100 block of Shields Road, police charged Melzia J. Sugick, 54, of South Schenley Avenue, Youngstown, with operating a vehicle impaired. Results of a urine test were pending, a report said.

Identity fraud: A Glenwood Avenue man discovered someone had accessed his bank account and made at least seven unauthorized withdrawals and transactions that added up to $19,013.

Violation of a court order: A township woman reported her former boyfriend sent her a threatening text message while she was at a family member’s home, in violation of a protection order.

Possible burglary: A woman returned to her Terrace Drive residence and discovered someone may have tried to break in through a window, then tried to enter via a rear door that activated an alarm. Nothing appeared to be missing, however.

Theft: A nurse with The Vein Center and Medspa, 965 Windham Court, discovered an $82 bottle of a skin-care product missing from a locked display case.

Harassment: A Southern Boulevard woman alleged her former husband has made 31 such calls to her, including some with threats of physical harm.

Threats: A Glenwood Avenue woman alleged her daughter’s father had made and sent threatening calls and text messages, causing the accuser to fear for her safety.

Theft: Authorities at Boardman Area Court booked Rebecca L. Starling, 42, of Sodom-Hutchings Road, Cortland, on a theft charge, related to an Aug. 15, 2017, situation in which the owner of The Pita Wrap, 4721 Market St., alleged having seen Starling, who was an employee in training at the time, on surveillance footage opening a drawer where his wallet was kept. The accuser also discovered three checks and an undisclosed sum of money missing from it, a report showed.

Theft: Police picked up Joseph J. Gibbons, 22, at Boardman Area Court and booked him on a theft charge after three $325 security systems were stolen April 21 from Walmart. Gibbons, of Thalia Avenue, Struthers, also was wanted on Mahoning County Common Pleas Court warrants charging him with two counts of receiving stolen property and one of burglary.