Woman describes ordeal

WARREN – Megan Storey-Workley wiped tears from her eyes as she described driving home on Dec. 13 and being trapped between a shooter and his intended victim.

Workley, 791 Woodbine S.E., described the scene Wednesday night at a Warren City Council meeting.

“I wasn’t ready for that to be my last day,” she said later during a meeting with Mayor Doug Franklin, Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa, police Chief Timothy Bowers and Councilman Greg Bartholomew.

Storey-Workley told council that on that day, she was turning onto her street when a silver vehicle pulled out of the Pit Stop, 1708 Youngstown Road, in her direction. Then she saw a passenger in a third vehicle pointing a gun at the silver car and pulling the trigger.

“I was trapped between the cars,” she said. “There was nowhere I could go. I was lucky the guy shooting was such a good shot. He shot out the other vehicle’s back window.”

Storey-Workley could see her home. She said she worried about her mother and young daughter, both of whom were in the house.

Once she got into the house and made sure they were safe, Storey-Workley called 911 dispatcher.

“They were asking me for the license plate,” she said. “I hadn’t gotten it. I was just trying to get out of the way.”

David Workley, her husband, told council there has been an increasing number of police calls at the corner near the Pit Stop.

“There were more than 300 police calls for service in 2011, 441 calls for service in 2012 and so far this year, there have been 21 police calls,” he said.

Workley said there are more than a dozen kids living in homes within a couple hundred feet of the area. He described being sized up by people in the area who attempt to intimidate people into buying them something or giving them money.

Law Director Greg Hicks told the council that his office, the police and the administration are working on developing a task force to address these types of problems before they escalate. Hicks said discussions have increased since the New Year’s Day fatal shooting at Sunset Lounge, 480 E. Market St. S.E.

“No one should have to live like that,” Councilman Dan Sferra, D-at large, said.

Councilwoman Helen Rucker, D-at large, said the city needs to more consistently use its nuisance abatement law.