Saturday, February 12, 2005
Car stolen from driveway
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 2003 Oldsmobile left running to warm up in a driveway on the South Side was gone when the owner came out Thursday morning.
Police later saw the car leaving the Wilson High School student parking lot and pursued it.
The driver, Maurice J. Brooks, 18, of West Indianola Avenue, was arrested on a charge of receiving stolen property and taken to the Mahoning County jail.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Michael A. Ponzani, 45, of East Judson Avenue was arrested at his home Thursday afternoon on charges of improperly discharging a firearm and use of a weapon while intoxicated, police said.
One bullet hit the kitchen ceiling and one hit the dining room ceiling, police said.
Two guns were confiscated.
Police eye scrap tires
YOUNGSTOWN -- No one answered the door at 332 Williamson Ave. when Patrolman Assad Chaibi knocked Thursday after counting 91 scrap tires covering most of the sidewalk in front of the house, reports show.
The officer requested that the matter be turned over to the health or housing department to remedy the situation.
Robbers take computer
YOUNGSTOWN -- A North First Street couple told police that one of two men who knocked at the rear kitchen door Thursday had a gun and demanded money.
The husband told the intruders he had no money. They pushed him to the front foyer and held him there at gunpoint while they demanded money from his wife, who also said she had no money.
The robbers took a computer and ran out the rear door. They fled in a newer model Honda, police said.
YSU raises tsunami funds
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State University will begin a monthlong campaign Monday to raise relief money for victims of the South Asia tsunami.
YSU officials said Valentine's Day has been chosen to launch the project because it is a traditional day of love and compassion.
The goal is to raise $15,000, representing a dollar for each YSU faculty and staff member, as well as students on campus.
The campaign will last until March 14, and smaller fund-raising events will be held by student groups during the month.
The money raised by the YSU campaign will go to UNICEF, and the YSU branch of Home Savings and Loan will hold the funds.
Tenn. man on parole
MERCER, Pa. -- A Tennessee man was placed on parole Thursday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court for stealing two pairs of sunglasses.
According to court documents, Richard Dailey, 50, of Powell, Tenn., stole the eyewear, valued at $200, from Wal-Mart, 3300 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, on July 18, 2003. The offense was a felony because it was his third or subsequent conviction.
Judge John Reed sentenced Dailey to two to 12 months in the county jail, then placed him on parole.
Gun charge leads to jail
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Antron Talley, 27, of New Castle was found guilty of felony gun possession Wednesday by a Lawrence County jury.
Talley faces up to 10 years in prison.
The charges stem from a July 2004 episode in which Talley was in a vehicle stopped by the New Castle Police Department. Talley, who has a 1996 felony aggravated assault conviction, admitted to possessing a .380-caliber handgun, which was found in the car.
According to Lawrence County District Attorney Matthew T. Mangino, Talley was sentenced in 1996 to seven to 20 years in a state correctional facility for firing a handgun at a Lawrence County detective.
Because Talley is a convicted felon, he is not permitted to possess a firearm under Pennsylvania law.
Talley was found innocent of a misdemeanor drug possession charge.
The prosecution was handled by assistant district attorney Robert Barletta. Judge J. Craig Cox presided.
Talley will be sentenced within 60 days.