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Youngstown woman indicted in courthouse vandalism

WARREN — The Youngstown woman accused of creating more than $11,000 in damage to the historic Trumbull County Courthouse last November was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on a felony charge of vandalism.

Joanna McCane, 43, of 555 Ravenwood Ave., is charged with a fourth-degree vandalism, an offense that carries a potential 18-month prison sentence.

McCane, who was freed after posting $10,000 bond after a hearing in Warren Municipal Court in April, is accused of being the woman captured in a security video shortly after 2 a.m. Nov. 27, 2021, placing her purse and backpack on the sidewalk and grass of the courthouse lawn.

Another video taken from the west side of the courthouse shows a vandal picking up a rock and throwing it forcefully at a first-floor window. When it bounces off, the person picks it up again and again — a total of 13 times — each time throwing the rock at several windows. A maintenance official gave a damage estimate of about $11,000, which was covered by insurance.

McCane had been earlier arrested for an incident at the former Jacked Steakhouse on North Park Avenue, where she had refused to leave after finishing her meal and drink. She had pleaded no contest in municipal court to a trespass misdemeanor.

Jail records showed McCane was released from the jail shortly before the incident at the courthouse was captured on video.

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