Police: Man stabbed multiple times

WARREN – A man whose body was found at a Williamsburg Street N.W. residence Monday morning was stabbed multiple times, investigators confirmed.

Warren police Lt. Jeff Cole said investigators are treating the death of Dwayne Hickman, 49, as a homicide – the city’s third of the year and its second in the past week.

“We don’t know a lot at this point,” Cole said. “We still have a lot of pieces to put together.”

Cole said he could not confirm when Hickman died. An autopsy was expected to be completed on Monday.

Police were called to 3403 Williamsburg Street N.W. about 10 a.m. Monday to check on the welfare of a resident, investigators confirmed. They said they found Hickman’s body inside the house, which has a for sale sign posted on the front lawn.

Police had not made any arrests as of late Monday.

A woman at Hickman’s residence Monday afternoon identified herself to a Tribune Chronicle reporter as a relative, but said she did not want to disclose her name or talk to reporters.

Neighbors could be seen looking out windows and doorways as police and news reporters arrived at the house at the corner of Williamsburg Street and Lansdowne Avenue. Many of them said they were rattled to learn a man had been killed in their neighborhood.

“I saw him coming and going but I didn’t know him,” said Jean Thomas, who lives across the street. “I knew of him.”

Thomas, who said she has lived in that neighborhood for 42 years, noticed the police cars at her neighbor’s house about 11 a.m. Monday. She said she was surprised when she later learned he had been killed.

“It’s terrible,” she said. “We’ve had a few break-ins here and there in this neighborhood but nothing like this. It unnerves you. It used to be such a quiet neighborhood when we first built our home here. Things are changing. You hear about these things going on all around you.”

The body of Rodney F. Fletcher, 45, 423 Second St. S.W., was discovered at his home March 18. The coroner’s office determined Fletcher died from a gunshot wound to the neck, and his death was ruled a homicide. Cory Blackwell was fatally shot Jan. 1 at the former Sunset Lounge on East Market Street. No arrests have been made in either case.

The Trumbull County Auditor’s Office website lists Shirley L. Ball as the owner of Hickman’s house. According to Tribune Chronicle archives, Ball, who had worked as a clerk for the City of Warren Water Department, died last month. Her obituary published in the Tribune Chronicle on Feb. 11 lists four children among her survivors, including a Dwayne Hickman of Warren.

Hickman had several brushes with the law, most recently in 2009 when he was found guilty of a misdemeanor drug possession charge after pleading no contest, according to Warren Municipal Court records.

Warren Councilman Eddie Colbert, who represents the city’s 7th Ward where Hickman’s house is located, said residents have expressed concerns about activities at the corner near Hickman’s residence including loitering and suspected drug activity. Colbert said he would like to see the city expand the use of its nuisance regulations to address what he referred to as “troublesome areas,” including residences or businesses that have required a lot of police attention.

“We have laws and ordinances in place to address nuisances and I think we need to start using them to deal with areas, certain houses, our police and residents are concerned about,” Colbert said. “We need to address these issues before they grow, before they get worse.”