Man reports robbery
at knifepoint inside motel
WARREN - City police are investigating a report of an aggravated robbery just after 9 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western, 777 Mahoning Ave.
A North Carolina man told Warren police that a man and woman forced their way into his motel room and robbed him at knifepoint.
According to reports, Thomas L. Miller, 59, of Crumpler, N.C., said the woman came to his room and asked to use the restroom. Miller said he told her "no" and attempted to close the door; however, she and the man forced themselves into the room.
Miller told officers that the man held a knife to his throat as the woman looked through his room. The woman also ripped the telephone line out of the wall and Miller used the phone at the hotel's front desk to call police, officers reported.
Miller told police he did not know the man or woman; however, he said he had given the woman $20 a couple of days earlier so she would leave his room.
Woman reports assault
in store parking lot
WARREN - Police are investigating a report of an assault in the parking lot of a local convenience store on Sunday.
According to reports, Gladys A. Postlethwait, 39, of Warren, told police that a man came up to the driver's side window of her vehicle in the parking lot of Rocky's AM PM Food Mart, 1744 W. Market St., about 11 p.m. and punched her in the side of the head after she refused to give him a ride.
Postlethwait, who said she did not know the suspect, drove herself to Trumbull Memorial Hospital because her left ear was bleeding and she was in pain. An update on her condition was not available.
Boy fatally struck
by intoxicated driver
NEW CASTLE, Pa. - A 7-year-old boy died Sunday when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by a 66-year-old man who police say was intoxicated.
According to reports, Virgil E. Coonfare, 920 Beckford St., New Castle, drove through two front yards in the 900 block of Winslow Avenue, fatally hitting Octavius Stone and injuring Emil Osborne Velez, 9, as the two boys were playing at the bottom of a stairway that led to a home at 941 Winslow Ave.
The two boys were taken by helicopter to Pittsburgh Children's Hospital, where Stone was pronounced dead.
Velez was in good condition Monday, hospital representatives said.
Coonfare was charged with homicide with a vehicle while driving intoxicated, aggravated vehicular assault while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arraigned Sunday and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 5.
On Monday, he was being held in the Lawrence County Jail without bond.