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Argument ends when pit bull shot to death

WARREN —  A pit bull was shot to death with a 9mm gun Monday night during an argument among five people on a porch of a Freeman Street home, city police said.

About 9:15 p.m., a Freeman Street resident told police an argument started among three men, her daughter and her boyfriend. During the fight, a  gray pit bull ran out, and one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot the dog, the police report states.

When officers arrived, the report said, the dog was lying dead in the driveway.

Police said those involved in the argument were not cooperating, but officers recovered a shell casing in the driveway.

Officer injured; man charged with assault

GIRARD — A man accused of injuring a police officer who responded to check on the welfare of a suicidal man on Churchill Road is facing a felony charge of assault.

Rodney A. Helsel Jr., 25, 154 Ella St., will be arraigned Tuesday in Girard Muncipal Court on the fourth-degree felony, according to police and court records. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital after police were called just before 2 a.m. Oct. 23 to 217 Churchill Road, according to a police report.

The report states officers arrived to find Helsel passed out on the ground. After he was roused, police stated the man asked officers to shoot and kill him and was uncooperative, the report states. While officer Joseph Malvasia was directing the ambulance company to their location, Helsel grabbed him by his service belt, pulled him down and caused Malvasia to hit his head on a brick wall, causing cuts, the police report states.

Helsel was restrained and spit at two medics, the report states.

Man faces charges in racial slurs, threat

GIRARD — A man is facing a felony charge of ethnic intimidation after witnesses and a victim said he threatened to kill a man, called him racial slurs and nearly ran him over Monday on Norwood Avenue, according to a police report.

Daniel Herrick, 21, 119 Crumlin Ave., was issued a summons through Girard Municipal Court for the charge after a witness took down a license plate number for a vehicle registered to Herrick during the incident.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 15.

Officers were called to 1539 Norwood Ave. after the resident reported he was on the phone in his driveway when a man pulled up, “squealed his tires and the accelerated toward him,” threatened to kill him and called him a racial slur numerous times, the report states.

The driver then pulled into a neighboring driveway, went on a “racially driven tirade” and said he would kill the victim, the report states.

Trustee makes plea in Friday OVI case

NILES — A Howland trustee facing a charge of driving under the influence submitted a written “not guilty” plea through his attorney Tuesday in Niles Municipal Court.

Trustee James J. LaPolla Jr. is due back in court Dec. 19 for a hearing, according to court records.

LaPolla, 53, 9845 Bayhill Drive, was stopped by Niles police Friday night on U.S. Route 422 at Frederick Street after police observed his vehicle drift out of his lane twice, according to a police  report.

The officer said he smelled alcohol, and Lapolla told him he had approximately four drinks, the report states. Lapolla agreed to submit to a field sobriety test but refused the Breathalyzer test, the report states.

Lapolla, who was elected trustee in 2013, was placed under arrest on a charge of OVI and was cited with failure to drive in marked lanes, the report states. He was released later Friday, records show.

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