Woman shot in home
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 50-year-old South Side woman was in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center this morning after being shot by one of six men who entered her East Judson Avenue home, according to city police and hospital personnel.
Three boys, ages 1, 9 and 11, were in the home when there was a knock at the door at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The oldest boy answered the door and a man pointed a gun at him. Six men entered the house, yelling, asking for "the money" and searching the house before the gunman shot the woman in the leg.
The boys' mother, who also lives at the home, had left shortly before the shooting. She said several people knew she had recently received money in a property insurance settlement.
Crash victim critical
CAMPBELL -- A 20-year-old Youngstown man severely injured during a car crash early Sunday remains in critical but stable condition. Luis Sanchez was transferred Wednesday from St. Elizabeth Health Center to the Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland.
Police said Sanchez was driving the vehicle involved in the crash, which occurred on 12th Street, and was speeding when it struck a tree. Sanchez had to be extricated from the vehicle by Campbell firefighters.
A 22-year-old Youngstown woman, Keysharrah Hawkins, a passenger in the vehicle, died.
Charged in burglary
CANFIELD -- Mahoning County deputies charged a 31-year-old Boardman man Thursday with burglary and theft for taking items from a Maplevale Drive home.
The homeowner told deputies that jewelry and a fox-fur jacket valued at more than $37,000 had been taken from the home. The homeowner told deputies that at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday someone used a hidden key to enter the house and had deactivated the alarm.
A sheriff's department report says the Boardman man had been doing work for the victim and knew the alarm's code. The items were recovered.
POLAND -- Township trustees ratified a union agreement between the township and employees in the road department, zoning department and all clerical employees. The employees are now members of the Teamsters Local 377. The contracts are retroactive to Jan. 1 and extend to Dec. 31, 2004.
River deal ceremony
AUSTINTOWN -- A ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday will mark the signing of an agreement to create a $3 million feasibility study of the Mahoning River.
The agreement will be between the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, which is sponsoring the study, and the Army Corps of Engineers, which will perform it. The signing will be at the Eastgate offices in the Austin Square building on Mahoning Avenue.
Money for the study is coming from the federal and state governments. The study is the second part of a four-part project to restore the river.
Acquitted in assault
YOUNGSTOWN -- A jury in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court acquitted Haywood Pullen Jr. of felonious assault Thursday afternoon. Pullen, 51, of Selma Avenue, was accused of firing gunshots at a group of people at Ford and Norwood avenues, on the city's North Side, in June 1998. One man, Ronaldo Miller, was grazed by a gunshot. The trial was in the courtroom of Judge Robert Lisotto.
Assaulted with cleaver
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 30-year-old East Side man suffered a cut to his throat and bruises on his neck after a woman living in the same Verona Avenue apartment complex held a meat cleaver to his neck, punched him and threatened to kill him, saying he had gotten her evicted from the building, police said.
The man said he was home at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man he knows came to the apartment and asked him to go to the woman's apartment. There, he was confronted by the woman, described as being in her 40s. He said he fled and she chased him briefly.
Assault on principal
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 14-year-old Volney Rogers Junior High School student was arrested on a charge of assaulting a 51-year-old principal.
The principal was knocked to the floor during a student fight, city police reports show.
The woman said she was breaking up the fight at about 12:45 p.m. Thursday when the 14-year-old boy pushed another student into her.
She said she hurt her tailbone and a finger.