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Struthers man charged in connection to home shooting

STRUTHERS — Austin W. Beatty, 24, of Matta Avenue, has been indicted on charges of felonious assault with a firearm specification and two counts of criminal damaging or endangering in connection to a home that was shot.

He is likely to be arraigned in the following weeks in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The charges stem from a Dec. 30 incident in which Beatty is accused of shooting into a home on Ninth Street in Struthers. He was arrested in the case in January and charged with one count of felonious assault. The case was bound over from Struthers Municipal Court to a county grand jury Jan. 24.

A car parked in a driveway was struck multiple times, but no one was injured. According to a Struthers police report, officers found six spent shell casings in the street, and later determined another vehicle on Ninth Street also was struck.

The primary victim told police he believed it was Beatty, his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. The man said Beatty had attacked the woman earlier in the day, and showed police text messages in which Beatty allegedly threatened to shoot up their house, according to police.

The man also showed police security camera footage of a car believed to belong to Beatty or a friend of his. The report states it showed the passenger firing at the house and the car before turning around in a neighbor’s driveway and fleeing the scene.

Rebecca E. Wetherill, 23, Westview Drive, Boardman, was indicted on the same charges as Beatty for allegedly being complicit in the offenses, prosecutors said.

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