Austintown crime activity: Police find woman slumped over steering wheel

Police investigated the following incidents in Austintown from Dec. 5-10:

Wednesday, December 5

7:30 p.m. - 6000 block of Mahoning Ave., Kathrine Velez-Perez, 24, of Youngstown, charged with theft. According to a police report, Velez-Perez placed items in her purse and a baby carrier while at Walmart then attempted to leave without paying for them. 

Friday, December 7

3:43 p.m. - 6000 block of Mahoning Ave., Dnelle Seiple, 48, of Youngstown, charged with possession of drugs. Police say they were called to Walmart on reports of a woman under the influence. Police say they found Seiple sitting in a car, slumped over the steering wheel. Officers were able to wake her and say they found Suboxone, Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine. 

4:12 p.m. - 6000 block of Mahoning Ave., Jolene Bier, 39, of Deerfield, charged with theft. Police say Bier filled a cart with items at Walmart, and when she went to pay, she scanned lower price items in place of $77.10 worth of items, according to a report.

Saturday, December 8

9:30 p.m. - 1500 block of Fountain Square Drive, Shane McElfresh, 39, charged with domestic violence. According to a report, a man reported that his daughter was assaulted by his family member, McElfresh. Police said the victim told them that McElfresh accused her of taking money from him and became enraged. She said he punched her in the eye, threw her on the ground and kicked her and took her cell phone and refused to let her leave the home. 

9:40 p.m. - Intersection of Mahoning Avenue and Meridian Road, Kalen Simpson, 22, of Warren, charged with improperly handling firearms. Police pulled Simpson over, and he told the officer that he had a CCW permit and his gun was in the car, but officers could not find any record of him having a CCW permit, according to the police report.

Monday, December 10

12:16 a.m. - Intersection of Mahoning and N. Anderson avenues, Adam Staie, 46, charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. According to a police report, officers pulled Staie over and asked if there was anything illegal in the car when Staie replied, "just a little coke" and handed it to officers saying, "I don't want it, throw it away." Police say they also found a glass pipe.

Disclaimer: These reports don’t represent all calls made to the Austintown Police Department. This public information was provided in reports from the Austintown Police Department. Items reflect charges filed, not convictions.

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