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Man charged with stabbing girlfriend

YOUNGSTOWN – A Youngs-town man faced charges of felonious assault Friday in connection to an attack on his girlfriend.

Bobby Joe Crockett Jr., 28, of Youngstown is accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the back during an altercation Thursday at a Tyrell Avenue apartment, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

Bond was set at $100,000 and he was ordered to not have any contact with the victim. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 3.

Police called to the apartment about 5:50 a.m. Thursday were met outside by a woman with a stab wound to her back. She told police that Crockett was still in the apartment with their 4-month-old child, police said.

Crockett was arrested without incident, police said.

The woman suffered a 1-inch stab wound to her upper right back shoulder. She told officers Crockett stabbed her with a small folding knife. She was treated at the scene and later taken to the hospital by family members, according to 33 News.

Mobile meth lab suspects indicted

YOUNGSTOWN – A couple accused of running a mobile methamphetamine lab were indicted Friday by the Mahoning County grand jury.

Jeremy Bowker, 30, of Rogers, and Jean Hartzell, 36, of Pittsburgh, were indicted on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, drug possession and possession of criminal tools, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

They have been in Mahoning County Jail since their Nov. 23 arrest, which followed a routine traffic stop on Reed Avenue. During the stop, an inspection with a dog led officers to search the trunk and find the meth-related items.

Three police officers were taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after being exposed to the chemicals. Several blocks were shut down as HazMat units were called to contain the scene, according to 33 News.

OVI patrol blitz nets three arrests

CANFIELD – The Mahoning County OVI Task Force on Friday released results of its saturation patrol blitz last weekend, including 61 traffic stops.

The blitz between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday in Youngstown resulted in three OVI arrests, 14 citations for various driving offenses, and one summons for driving under suspension, according to the task force.

Participants in the patrol blitz included departments in Canfield, Austintown, Boardman, New Middletown and Youngstown, along with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, Mill Creek MetroParks and Youngstown State University.

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Warren council members set to take oaths

WARREN – Members of the 2014-15 City Council in Warren will be sworn into office 5 p.m. Monday inside council chambers, 141 South St. S.E.

New to council are Larry Larson, D-1st Ward and president of council, Democrat James Graham. Others who will be sworn in are Alford Novak, D-2nd Ward; John Brown Jr., D-3rd Ward; Greg Bartholomew, D-4th Ward; Vince Flask, D-5th Ward; Cheryl Saffold, D-6th Ward; and Eddie Colbert, D-7th Ward.

The ceremony will be officiated by Warren Municipal Court Judge Terry Ivanchak. A benediction will be done by Pastor Todd Johnson of Agape Assembly Church.

Pedestrian identified in Youngstown accident

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown city police have identified the woman struck and killed by a truck on South Avenue Christmas Eve as Jessica Dubose, 44.

Police told Tribune Chronicle News Partner WYTV Channel 33 Dubose was arguing with someone in a van in the parking lot of a gas station at South Avenue and Dewey Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when the van pulled away and Dubose fell into the street at the gas station entrance.

As she was trying to get up, a pickup truck heading north on South Avenue struck her, reports state.

Gustavus to hold year-end meeting

GUSTAVUS – Gustavus Township trustees have scheduled their year-end meeting for 11 a.m. today at the township hall.

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Woman found dead, police investigating

HOWLAND – Police are investigating the circumstances of a township woman’s death after her body was discovered Wednesday night.

The woman, in her mid-60s and whose name was not released, was found by police at her home, 8762 Howland Springs Road.

Her daughter, who lives in Columbus, had called police about 4 p.m. because she had not heard from her mother in three or four days.

Police did not say how she died. Police are treating the death as suspicious but did not say why. The Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation was called to collect evidence and remained at the house Wednesday night.

Police were unavailable for comment Wednesday night.

Early morning fire destroys garage

WARREN – An early morning fire destroyed a detached garage on Wednesday. Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle said the cause is under investigation.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury that did not require medical attention, Nussle said.

Fire crews were called to the wood-framed garage, which is part of a vacant property, at 149 Charles Ave S.E. around 2 a.m. Flames consumed the garage but did not spread to the house.

Nussle said the estimated loss is $15,000. The property is owned by Painting and Home Improvements.

Salvation Army helped by Bottom Dollar

WARREN – The Salvation Army Warren Corps and Bottom Dollar plan to offer 100 needy families a holiday meal for Christmas.

Bottom Dollar is donating 1,600 pounds of food today that will be packaged by employees and volunteers at the Bottom Dollar store, 1756 North Road N.E.

The meal includes a spiral-cut ham, yams, green beans and cornbread. Bags will be distributed by The Salvation Army.

Capt. Michael Morales said the Army is helping 760 area families, including more than 1,400 children ages 12 and younger. Each child receives toys and each family receives a food basket. Donations from people and businesses help make that happen.

Woman charged in teen sex case

WARREN – A Niles woman is in the Trumbull County Jail after she was secretly indicted by a grand jury on sex charges involving a 15-year-old boy.

AnnMarie Hamrick-Yauger, 34, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

According to the indictment, Hamrick-Yauger engaged in sexual conduct with the teen in June of this year.

Yauger pleaded not guilty to the indictment and is being held on $25,000 bond, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

Crash sends truck driver to hospital

AUSTINTOWN – A crash Wednesday morning on the Ohio Turnpike in Austintown sent a truck driver to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment.

A 2004 International box truck driven by Danny Galleher drifted over the center line and sideswiped a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Michael Ellinos, 44, of Youngstown, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The truck rolled into a ditch near the Interstate-76 / Interstate-80 interchange, just west of the Austintown bike trail. The truck landed on its side.

Galleher suffered “incapacitating” injuries, according to the patrol. Ellinos was not injured.

The crash happened about 8:20 a.m.

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Report: Car slides off road; two injured

WEATHERSFIELD – The driver of a vehicle lost control Wednesday afternoon, sliding off the road and into a wooded area along state Route 11.

Police responded to the accident about 2 p.m. just south of the Tibbets Wick exit, where they found the vehicle at the bottom of an embankment in a cluster of trees.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the car was headed south when the driver slammed into the back of another driver before veering off the road and down the embankment. The driver told police the accident was a result of a bad tie rod, which caused him to lose control.

Two occupants were taken to the hospital with what troopers called non-severe injuries. After an investigation by the highway patrol, the driver of the vehicle was cited with operating an unsafe vehicle. No additional charges are likely, police said Thursday.

The names of those involved were not released by police.

Police hunt for suspect in credit card theft

NILES – Police on Thursday were looking for a man they said went on a shopping spree with a stolen credit card this week.

Police said a man broke into a vehicle parked at the Hometown Buffet at the Eastwood Mall complex around 7 p.m. Tuesday and stole a credit card from the vehicle. Reports state he then used to the card at various stores.

Images from security cameras, which are posted on the Niles Police Department’s Facebook page, show the suspect entering the Target store.

Anyone who recognizes the man or can provided information about the matter is asked to call Niles police at 330-652-9944.

Lawmaker, newsman honored by deer group

WARREN – State Rep. Sean O’Brien, D-Brookfield, has been named Whitetails Unlimited Mahoning Valley Chapter’s legislator of the year.

O’Brien will be honored at the group’s annual fundraising banquet and wild game dinner Dec. 18 at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm in Canfield.

The group selected O’Brien for his work on the state’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and for his work in the development of the natural gas and oil well drilling industry in Ohio, according to a news release.

Also to be recognized is Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News anchor Stan Boney for his dedication to environmental and natural resources-related newscasting.

Chairman reappointed to Port Authority board

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners on Thursday appointed Scott A. Lynn of Howland to another term on the Western Reserve Port Authority, which is responsible for operating the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

Lynn, chairman of the port authority, will begin the new four-year term on Jan. 1. He was first appointed to the board in January 2005 and then reappointed in December 2008.

Commissioners from Trumbull and Mahoning counties can appoint four members each to the eight-person port authority board.

Niles group to judge holiday light displays

NILES – A Christmas decorating contest for businesses in and around the city will be judged Dec. 21.

The fourth annual event is being held and judged by Avenue and Main, according to Barry Steffy, the group’s president.

The committee will be going through the downtown area, judging storefronts with the top three finishers receiving a traveling trophy and gift card.

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Pavlik scheduled in court on an OVI charge

AUSTINTOWN – Former Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik is scheduled to appear in Austintown court today on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence.

Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33 reports that Pavlik was stopped Monday on the Ohio Turnpike in Jackson Township by Ohio State Highway Patrol after receiving calls reporting a car driven by an impaired driver.

Reports indicate Pavlik of Canfield refused to submit to a field sobriety test or blood alcohol test by troopers.

Police find man bound, gagged, unresponsive

WARREN – City police reported finding a man who had been bound and gagged unresponsive in the basement of a home on Autumn Drive N.W. following a burglary Monday.

Police reports indicate officers were dispatched to the home around 5 p.m., but that the incident likely took place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday.

The man, Joshua M. Richards, 31, was taken to St. Joseph Health Center, according to a Warren police report. The report indicates he suffered what appeared to be minor injuries.

Details about the incident were sketchy and police reports provided little information. An update on Richards’ condition or the extent of his injuries was not available.

Man back from Calif., faces murder charges

YOUNGSTOWN – A man listing addresses in Columbiana County and San Diego is facing two unrelated counts of aggravated murder from 2011 in Youngstown.

Hakeem Henderson, 22, was booked Saturday into the Mahoning County Jail after his arrest two weeks ago in San Diego, said assistant prosecutor Marty Desmond.

Henderson is one of three men under indictment on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of Adam Christian, 23, and Raymond Hayes, 20, whose bodies were both found in November 2011 in fields on the city’s east side. Desmond alleged Henderson was the driver in both cases.

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Brick thrown through home’s front window

WARREN – A 37-year-old Grandview St. S.E. resident came home Thursday to find her front picture window had been smashed with a brick, police said.

Wendy I. Sfikas, 2034 Grandview St. S.E., reported that sometime between 3:30 and 8 p.m., someone threw a brick through the window.

No suspects had been identified.

Domestic violence call ends in drug arrest

WARREN – A couple were arrested on multiple charges, including domestic violence, drug trafficking, aggravated menacing and having a weapon under disability.

Police responded just before midnight Thursday to a report of domestic violence at 1706 N. Park Ave. N.E. Ariana D. Shaver, 25, 523 Martin St. S.W., and Jamaur D. Brown, 30, 439 Second St., were arrested.

Shaver was charged with domestic violence in connection with an assault of Brown.

Brown was arrested on charges of having weapons whiled under disability, trafficking of crack and heroin, possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

Police said they confiscated a plastic bag containing a white, powdery substance believed to be a drug, a Beretta U22 NEOS .22-caliber handgun and .22-caliber ammunition.