Austintown crime activity: Police say heroin, cocaine found in suspected shoplifter’s car


Thursday, Feb. 7

1:01 a.m. – 2200 block of S. Raccoon Rd., Stephen Cortez, 38, arrested and charged with failure to comply and not having proper lights on his bicycle. An officer spotted Cortez riding through the fog without a light on the back of his bicycle and tried to stop him. The officer said Cortez refused to stop, saying, “I’m just going to my girlfriend’s house.” Police said Cortez then began to pedal faster and went through the parking lot of an apartment complex, where the officer lost sight of him. Police eventually found Cortez after seeing his bicycle outside of an apartment. They said Cortez admitted to running because he “had a small blunt” on him and added he had a “bad experience” with police in the past.

Friday, Feb. 8

10:15 p.m. – 300 block of N. Turner Rd., David Hover, Jr., 52, arrested and charged with felonious assault. Police responded to a house after a woman posted photos on Facebook of injuries that she wrote were caused by Hover. The woman told police Hover grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the floor, then punched her after she asked him to go upstairs because of his loud snoring. Police said the woman didn’t want to press charges and told them she meant to send the photos to a family member, not post them on Facebook. Hover denied the assault, saying the woman fell.

Sunday, Feb. 10

6:16 p.m. – 2000 block of S. Raccoon Rd., Rachael Hoffman, 37, of Akron, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said Hoffman was at Dollar General and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. They found her with a digital scale with suspected heroin residue on it, according to a police report. Police said she admitted to stealing fake fingernails from the store and trying to steal tampons.

11:22 p.m. – 6000 block of Mahoning Ave., Corey White, 39, of Oil City, Pa., charged with possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments. Police said White was identified as a suspect who tried to steal hunting arrows and gloves from Walmart. The alarm was triggered, and the man dropped the items as he ran out of the store and got into a vehicle, according to a police report. Police followed the vehicle and stopped it, finding heroin, cocaine, syringes and other drug items inside, according to the report.

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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