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Two Poland women charged with hiding runaway teen

POLAND — Two Poland Township women are facing charges after police say they harbored a teen runaway.

Judith Forney, 72, and Heather Strojny, 35, are facing charges of obstructing official business and contributing to the unruliness / delinquency of a child after police say they knew the teen was considered a runaway from Austintown.

According to a police report, officers responded to a call of a runaway from Austintown staying at a James Street address on Jan. 26.

The juvenile ran away from home on Jan. 1. Police Chief Brian Goodin said that the runaway teen was not kidnapped, but appears to be a friend of Strojny’s daughter.

An officer spoke with Strojny, asking her to get the teen.

When the juvenile saw the officer at the front door, she jumped out of a window. Another officer that was stationed outside, who observed another juvenile attempting to help the girl escape.

Austintown police were notified that the juvenile was found and in custody.

During an investigation, investigators determined the teen attended a birthday party for Forney at her Poland residence on the evening of Jan. 24. An officer was there earlier in the day trying to locate the juvenile, “so the adults were aware that” the youth was considered a runaway, the narrative states.

The juvenile was located on Jan. 26, when Forney and Strojny “were under the impression everything was cleared up,” the report states.

Both Forney and Strojny are free on bond and have a hearing scheduled for March 4.

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