Police suspect burned car is arson case
YOUNGSTOWN - Police are investigating possible arson charges after a car was found burning Friday morning on the city's East Side.
Youngstown fire crews were called about 8:20 a.m. and found smoke coming from a Chevrolet Impala parked at 144 E. Midlothian Blvd. They saw a man, John Maynard, coming from the rear of the vehicle with a bucket, reports state.
Maynard later said he and his girlfriend, Kristyn Harris, were smoking a cigarette on the side of the apartment building when they noticed the smoke coming from the trunk. Maynard said he kicked a rag out of the fill tube of the gas tank before throwing a bucket of water on the trunk to put out the flames.
Harris said she heard footsteps prior to the blaze, but did not see anyone leaving.
The car is owned by Toni Floyd, who was reportedly awakened from bed prior to looking out the window and seeing her car on fire.
Youngstown police are investigating the cause of the fire. No one was injured and no charges have been filed.
Man at center of scuffle waives extradition
WARREN - It took two days, but the man who scuffled with court security Thursday is now on his way back to Michigan to face a weapons charge.
Rickey Smith, 21, who has an address at 690 Woodbine Ave. S.E., waived his extradition hearing Friday.
One day earlier, however, Smith was in Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice's courtroom for the same hearing when he had to be removed for repeated complaints that the chains around his waist were too tight. Deputies took Smith out of the courtroom and were re-securing the shackles around one of his legs when he continued to resist and was taken to the floor while one of the deputies used pepper spray on him.
Smith's younger brother, Peirre Earl, 13, 358 Voorheis St., Pontiac, Mich., rushed the courtroom door from inside the room in an attempt to help his brother. Earl reportedly either punched or elbowed Deputy Joellen Weaver on the right side of her face.
Earl was being held in the juvenile lockup, charged with obstructing justice and assault on a police officer.
Law enforcement nabs 3 wanted on warrants
WARREN - The U.S. Marshal's Task Force went to a Roosevelt Street residence to serve a federal warrant on a California man and arrested him as well as two other people also wanted on outstanding warrants.
According to police reports, officers arrested Harvey Robert IV, 39, 8803 Darby Ave., Northride, Calif., on a federal warrant for drug trafficking / conspiracy-dangerous drugs charges. Harvey was taken to Ohio Federal Court in Youngstown.
Also arrested were DeShawn Smith, 26, 948 George Place S.W., Warren, on a carrying concealed weapons charge from the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office, and Derricka Thrash, 27, Lane Drive S.W., Warren, on a Warren Police Department warrant on an assault charge and for failure to appear for a court appearance.
Smith was transported to Mahoning County Jail. Thrash was transported to the Trumbull County Jail.
Man held on $1 million bond in beating death
WARREN - A city man is due back in court next month after pleading not guilty Friday to killing his ex-girlfriend's father.
Jarred Watson, 28, is facing an aggravated murder charge in the Sunday death of George Myers, 57, of Dickey Avenue N.W.
His pre-trial hearing is set for June 6 before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice, and his bond was set at $1 million.
Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk ruled Tuesday that Myers died from multiple blunt force traumatic injuries. Police said it appeared he died from being beaten to death with a blunt object and may have been stomped to death.
Police said Watson is Myers' daughter's ex-boyfriend.
Myers' death marks the city's fourth homicide of 2013. Warren had five homicides last year.