Boardman crime activity: Landlord arrested after dispute over electricity

Police investigated the following incidents in Boardman from Jan. 30 - Feb. 5:

Wednesday, Jan. 30

4:43 p.m. - 1100 block of Doral Dr., a man reported that a former disgruntled Lowe's employee attacked him in the store. An off-duty Task Force officer witnessed the fight and was able to break it up before the suspect ran away, according to a police report.

Thursday, Jan. 31

4:30 p.m. - 8200 block of Market St., Hope Young, 32, of Warren, arrested on a warrant for receiving stolen property, drug abuse and possession of dangerous drugs charges. Police said Young was the passenger of a vehicle involved in a chase from Bath and Body Works in the Southern Park Mall on Jan. 28. Police said Young and the driver were suspected of shoplifting from the store. Drug items and $269 worth of stolen Bath and Body Works candles were found in the vehicle, according to a police report.

Friday, Feb. 1

10:30 a.m. - 7600 block of Glenwood Ave., a 15-year-old Glenwood Junior High School student was arrested and charged with conveyance of a deadly weapon on school grounds. The school's principal reported that the boy was found with a utility tool/knife and was being disruptive in class. Police noted that the boy has been diagnosed with developmental disorders.

4:49 p.m. - 200 block of Boardman-Canfield Rd., Deandre Levy, 28, of Youngstown, arrested on a warrant for a domestic violence charge. A woman accused Levy of assaulting her on January 30.

Saturday, Feb. 2

11:13 a.m. - 800 block of Cook Ave., a woman reported that someone stole her vehicle. Police said it was towed from Youngstown after it was found crashed into a building.

Sunday, Feb. 3

3:09 a.m. -100 block of Clifton Dr., Harley Kocanjer, 26, arrested and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing official business; David Benedis, Jr., 26, of Campbell, arrested and charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest, possession of drugs, failure to control and OVI. The two were arrested after a caller reported that a man and woman were fighting, and the man later got into an SUV, hit the gas and got stuck in a snow bank. Police said Benedis, who was intoxicated, admitted to driving into the snow bank, saying it was "no big deal" as he was only going down the street. Police said he struggled with officers during his arrest and an officer tased him. During this time, police said Kocanjer began yelling at officers and refused to back away from the area.

4:27 a.m. - 7500 block of Market St., Trayshaun Thomas, 23, of Youngstown, arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, theft, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and criminal damaging. A man called police after seeing an unknown man smashing the windows of a vehicle with landscaping rocks. He said the man appeared to be high or under the influence of something. Police said they found Thomas sleeping in a vehicle. He tried to pull away from officers and kicked one of them, according to a police report. Police said he wouldn't say why he was at the apartment complex or how he got there.

9:32 p.m. - 4000 block of Market St., police responded to Family Dollar, where workers had been robbed at gunpoint. Police said one of the robbers pulled a gun on an employee while another grabbed a customer and held her to the ground. The robbers left with cash and Black and Mild cigars.

10:33 p.m. - Glenwood Avenue near Midlothian Boulevard, Sean Riley, arrested and charged with OVI, driving under suspension, a marked lanes violation and a seatbelt and headlights violation. Police said Riley seemed intoxicated when they pulled him over. They said he told an officer, "Don't shoot me." Police said he was argumentative with officers during his arrest, saying his license was valid, although the BMV didn't have a record of insurance.

Monday, Feb. 4

4:30 a.m. - 100 block of Meadowbrook Ave., Patrick James, 18, arrested and charged with domestic violence, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. A woman reported that James accused everyone in the house of "stabbing his shoes," leading to him "swinging at" everyone, according to a police report.

4:49 a.m. - 8000 block of Southern Blvd., a man reported his cell phone was stolen while he was at work in the Vindicator warehouse. The man said numerous paper carriers are in and out of the warehouse during the day but he didn't see who took the phone.

4:18 p.m. - 7500 block of Market St., a woman reported that someone hacked into her email account and accused her business of being a fraud. She said she also received a threatening postcard mailed to her home and her modeling agency's Facebook page has also been receiving numerous comments about being fraudulent. She believed they were related to a previous breaking and entering report that she filed with police.

9 p.m. - 100 block of Carter Circle, Luigi Farina, 77, arrested and charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest and aggravated menacing. Police said Farina, a landlord, called police to accuse his tenants of stealing electricity by running an extension cord into the hallway of an apartment complex. He said he is in the process of evicting the tenants. The tenant admitted to using the hallway electricity, but said he did so after noticing the electric meter had been ripped off for his apartment only and he suspected the landlord had done it. Police said during their investigation, Farina threatened the tenant, saying if he found him using the extension cord again he would "bust into his apartment" and "beat his head with a baseball bat." According to a police report, Farina started yelling at officers during his arrest for the threat, which officers overheard.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

7:30 a.m. - 8200 block of Market St., Ellett Johnson, 56, of Niles, turned himself in to police on robbery and assault charges. Police said the charges stem from an incident at the Town and Country Motel on Jan. 17, in which a woman reported that Johnson beat her up and robbed her. Police said the woman was hurt and there was a hole in the bedroom wall. Police said Johnson admitted to making a mistake and said his biggest mistake was "touching the girl."

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

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