Man stole from elderly

WARREN – A 23-year-old former candidate for the school board pleaded guilty to stealing from an elderly Howland woman.

Roderick Lewis Jr. of Stewart Drive N.W. pleaded guilty on Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to theft from an elderly person, misuse of credit cards and theft, all felonies, and attempted misuse of credit cards, a misdemeanor.

Prosecutors agreed to drop one felony charge of impersonating a peace officer against Lewis in exchange for his pleas on the other charges.

He will be sentenced in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court after a presentence investigation is completed.

The self-proclaimed community activist was indicted by a grand jury in February.

Howland police said Lewis, who lost a bid for a seat on the Warren City Board of Education, bilked a 93-year-old woman out of more than $2,000 by using her credit cards that were stolen, along with her purse, from inside a shopping cart at a department store.

Police said Lewis passed himself off as a Niles police detective to gain the woman’s confidence, and then stole her replacement credit card a few days later.