Vandalism suspect a no-show
Police searching for Cleveland-area woman
WARREN — Police are searching for a 43-year-old Cleveland Heights woman accused of breaking numerous windows at the Trumbull County Courthouse after she failed to appear Monday for her scheduled initial hearing.
Joanna McCane, 899 Clarence Road, Cleveland Heights, who also lists a Ravenwood Avenue address in Youngstown, faces felony vandalism charges. She is accused of damaging more than a dozen windows in the historic building.
She failed to appear during a scheduled 9 a.m. Monday court date before municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak, court records show.
McCane initially was arrested and jailed Friday afternoon on misdemeanor charges of obstructing official business and criminal trespass, according to court records. She was released from the Trumbull County jail just before 2 a.m. Saturday.
The jail is located across the street from the courthouse. Investigators believe the windows were broken sometime overnight.
More than a dozen first-floor windows on the historic courthouse were broken with rocks. A woman walking Saturday morning at Courthouse Square Park discovered the damage on the the east side of the building and called 911 just after 10 a.m.
Warren police initially arrested McCane at 4:14 p.m. Friday after she outstayed her welcome and fell asleep at Jacked Steakhouse on Courthouse Square, according to a police report.
The report indicates restaurant employees told police they asked the woman several times to leave. McCane had ordered and paid for food and a drink, but remained for several hours and even fell asleep.
McCane, however, denied ever being told to leave the restaurant. She insisted she paid her bill and had not bothered anyone, according to the report. She wanted to finish her beer and allow her food to settle.
Later, McCane became verbally combative with a police sergeant who arrived, the report states.
When she refused to leave, McCane was arrested for criminal trespass. When asked for identification, McCane refused to give her name.
“She stated it was Boogyman,” the report states.
Officers were able to identify McCane during booking at Trumbull County jail by a piece of mail she had in one of her bags.
McCane was released from the lockup early Saturday. Police used a security camera image to identify a suspect.
Over the weekend. county Sheriff Paul Monroe described more than a dozen first-floor courthouse windows busted with rocks. The vast majority of the double-paned windows were cracked. The rocks went through only one of the windows.
No windows were broken in the courtrooms, but all of the broken windows were located in offices, including the clerk of court’s office and the first-floor office of Trumbull County Probate Court Judge James Fredericka.
Police asked for a police dog to come out Saturday morning. However, neither Warren, Liberty, Newton Falls nor the Ohio State Highway Patrol had one available, the report states.
County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa said the county’s insurance should cover the cost, and he believes the county’s deductible already has been met.
The county Sheriff’s Office filed felony vandalism charges on Monday.
Also Monday, a repairman stood outside the building measuring the windows, preparing to give the county an estimate for replacement work.