Two arrested in Youngstown murder
YOUNGSTOWN - Police have charged a Parmalee Avenue man for the murder of 53-year-old David Sharp Friday on Dogwood Avenue in the Rockford Village apartment complex.
Larry Blue, 32, will face charges of aggravated murder and felonious assault.
Also wounded in the shooting was Matthew Sharp. Police say the two were in a car in the parking lot when they were shot. A third person in the car was not injured.
Khadijah Nicole Payden Briggs, 19, of Maplewood Court, was arrested on a charge of complicity to aggravated robbery.
Court records show the two have yet to be arraigned.
Stokes is the city's first homicide victim of 2013. In 2012, Youngstown had 26 homicides.
Man gets two years for aggravated assault
WARREN - A man with addresses in Warren and Cleveland was sentenced to two years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated assault.
RaShawn Pierre Jordan, 25, was sentenced to one year on each of the assault charges with the terms running concurrently and an additional year for a firearm specification.
Jordan admitted to shooting at three people in a car near the intersection of Pearl Street and Parkman Road S.W. on July 31.
Bloomfield-Mespo to act on safety plan
BLOOMFIELD - The Bloomfield-Mespo Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the high school to contract with the Trumbull County Sheriff's Office for security and to consider revisions to the safety plan including authorizing personnel to carry firearms on school property.
Action is scheduled to be taken.
Oxygen is ruled out in DeForest Road fire
HOWLAND - The fire department said that oxygen did not play a role in a fatal fire Jan. 25 that killed a 1393 DeForest Road S.E. woman.
Initial reports said an oxygen tank was found in the home, but township fire Chief James Pantalone said in a news release that the victim, Joyce Barker, 71, did not use oxygen regularly and that when the tank was found by firefighters it was not damaged in any way.
Pantalone said oxygen has been ruled out as a cause and also in helping the fire spread. He said the state Fire Marshal's Office will release a cause when the final autopsy report is completed.
Preliminary test results by the Trumbull County Coroner's Office show that Barker died of smoke inhalation, the release states.
Barker had a medical alert switch on her wrist, but the switch only alerted a neighbor or a family member and not 911, the release states.
Youngstown woman reports abduction, rape
WARREN - A 23-year-old Youngstown woman told city police she was abducted and raped Saturday night.
Warren police reported they were called to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown to obtain information from the victim concerning a report of sexual assault. Details were sketchy and police did not say where the woman was when she was abducted, where the assault took place or if a suspect has been named. However, the woman may have suffered possible internal injury, according to reports.
Warren woman reports assault
WARREN - A 26-year-old city woman told police she was assaulted by two men on Ohio Street late Saturday night.
Lisa Nelson told police she was walking north from West Market Street about 11:30 p.m. when the two men struck her from behind and she fell to the ground. She reported that the men struck her several times in the face and kicked her.
According to reports, the men checked her pants pockets before fleeing the scene. She told police she did not have any money. Police said she suffered an apparent minor injury.