Liberty crime activity: Man sends kids sexual messages after church picnic, police say


Sunday, August 26

10:32 a.m. – 2000 block of Pleasant Valley Rd. in Niles, police said a man sent messages over Facebook messenger, including some to children, that were “sexual in nature.” A youth pastor told officers she believes the man came to a church picnic in July before messaging several members of the church. The man told police he has been banned from two other churches.

Friday, August 31

11:15 a.m. – 4100 block of Logangate Rd., police responded to an apartment on a report of a woman being strangled by an ex-boyfriend in the parking lot. Police said she had red marks and bruising but didn’t want any treatment.

6:04 p.m. – 4200 block of Belmont Ave., police responded to Roadway Inn on a report of a man spitting on another person’s car during an argument.

8:50 p.m. – 200 block of Yvonne Dr., police said a man claiming to be a Huntington Bank representative called a woman and got her personal information.

9:48 p.m. – 3900 block of Orchard Ave., police said they went to an apartment for an attempted burglary. They said a front door was kicked in but nothing was missing.

11:59 p.m. – 100 block of Belmont Ave., Tameika James, 36, of Youngstown, arrested and charged with DUI, failure to comply, and open container. Police said they found an empty bottle of Hennessy Cognac and another almost empty bottle. Officers said they called every motel in Liberty before finding the woman she was staying with at the time.

Saturday, September 1

4:14 p.m. – 1600 block of E. Liberty St., officers said a family was staying at Days Inn when their backpack containing $25,000 to $28,000 went missing from the room. Police said surveillance video didn’t show anyone walking out with the backpack.

7:43 p.m. – 3000 block of Hadley Ave., police said a woman reported her debit card missing with $1,500 removed from her account.

9:03 p.m. – 1400 block of Country Club Dr., police said they were called to Youngstown Country Club on a report of a teen employee who was sent to the hospital after using a dap pen — a mixture of hemp and tobacco. They said another employee owned the pen.

Monday, September 3

8:19 p.m. – 800 block of Colonial Dr., Emmanes Rhodes, 51, of Youngstown, arrested and charged with failure to comply, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and DUI. Police were reopening Colonial, which had been closed due to fallen branches. They said Rhodes sped past them, almost hitting an officer. Police went after him and said he eventually pulled over on Gypsy Lane. They said he smelled like marijuana and seemed to be under the influence. Officers noticed marijuana and a digital scale in the car, according to a police report.

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

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