Woman held without bond in baby's death
YOUNGSTOWN - A city woman charged in connection with the death last month of an infant she was watching is being held without bond at the Mahoning County Jail.
Traniqua Floyd, 22, was arraigned in front of Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney on Tuesday. She is facing one count each of murder, felonious assault and felony child endangering in the death of 2-month-old Jamar Jones.
She is due to appear back in common pleas court Jan. 27 for a pre-trial.
Police said the child's mother, Jasmine Nickerson, left the baby with Floyd around 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at a house on Pasadena Avenue. About five hours later, an ambulance was called to the house. Reports state the baby suffered severe head trauma. The infant was taken to Akron's Children's Hospital in Akron, where he later died.
Police: Shoplifter body slams Walmart manager
BAZETTA - Police chased down a shoplifter after he ran out of Walmart with approximately $170 worth of merchandise about 6 a.m. Monday, a report states.
Walmart manager told police she saw Marquel Deshawn Baker, 1308 Riverview St., Warren, conceal merchandise throughout the store and leave. When she confronted him, he body slammed her several times before running through the parking lot toward the Four Seasons Car Wash, the report states.
Police found a person matching the suspect's description near the car wash and ordered him to put his hands up and get on the ground. The man, Baker, resisted until being handcuffed, police said.
He was arrested on charges of petty theft, assault, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. The stolen merchandise was found in the car wash parking lot and returned.
Report:?Drunken driver gets stuck in snow
BAZETTA - Police arrested a Howland man on a charge of driving while intoxicated after finding a vehicle stuck on a snowbank in the parking lot of Walmart off state Route 5.
About 3:20 a.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to Walmart in reference to a reckless vehicle. Police found Michael Fischer, 9058 Briarbrook Drive N.E., and Ryan Tyler Merrifield, 3888 Hightree Circle S.E., along with two juveniles attempting to remove a 1996 Chevy four-door vehicle from the snow.
Fischer appeared highly intoxicated, according to reports, and eventually Merrifield, the registered owner of the vehicle, admitted to police that Fischer had been driving at the time of the accident, police said. Fischer was charged with driving under the influence and endangering children. Merrifield was charged with wrongful entrustment of a motor vehicle.
Bazetta police find gun, no driver's license
BAZETTA - Police pulled over a Warren man after a traffic stop on driving without a license and later found a handgun in the vehicle.
About 11 p.m. Saturday, a patrol officer ran the temporary registration of a black Ford SUV through the cruiser's mobile database terminal and discovered that the vehicle's owner did not have a valid driver's license.
Brandon Michael Evans, 147 Linden Ave. N.E., was pulled over at Uncle Bob's Storage on state Route 5. Evans admitted to having no license and officers noticed that he and a passenger were acting suspicious.
Evans was given a citation for driving without a license and was released. The vehicle was impounded. Police searching the SUV before having it towed discovered a Ruger P95 handgun behind the driver's seat. A charge of having weapons while under disability because of a prior felony conviction is pending, police said.
to meet on contract
BAZETTA - Bazetta Township trustees will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at the road department building for an executive session regarding the agreement between the trustees and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 377.