Warren police probe shootings on Monday
WARREN - Police are investigating a Monday afternoon shooting in which two people may have been wounded.
Warren police Chief Timothy Bowers said one person was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. The injury did not appear to be life threatening, he said. Officers reported that a second person may have also been shot.
The shooting took place about 2 p.m. However, police said it was not clear where the incident took place. No other details were available.
Meanwhile, police continued investigating a shooting on Friday that left Desmond L. Talley, 35, 627 W. Park Drive S.W., with a gunshot wound to his pelvic area.
Police were called to Trumbull Memorial Hospital about 7 a.m. in reference to the shooting, according to a police report. Police said they believe the shooting took place at a residence on Garden Street N.W.
An update on Talley's condition was not available. However, police said they did not believe his injury was life threatening.
One person files as write-in candidate
WARREN - One person has filed as a write-in candidate in the May 7 Democrat primary election.
Amanda Teutsch is running for treasurer in Girard. Monday at 4 p.m. was the deadline for write-in candidates to file with the Trumbull County Board of Elections.
There are no other candidates in the treasurer's race. To win and advance to the Nov. 5 election, Teutsch must receive 50 votes, the same number of valid petition signatures she would have needed to have her name appear on the ballot.
A man who filed to run in the race, Mark Zuppo, did not have enough signatures on his petition so his candidacy was rejected by the elections board.
The seat is open because treasurer John Moliterno is leaving to run for an at-large seat on City Council. Three candidates are running for three available at-large positions.
Teutsch is a former reporter for the Tribune Chronicle.
Facebook rumor prompts calls to police
SALEM - Police here charged a Youngstown man with obstruction of official business and drug paraphernalia after a foot pursuit ended Saturday with the suspect being Tasered.
The chase attracted the attention of Salem residents and forced police to quell a rumor that there was a shooting in the park.
Officers even posted a message on the City of Salem Police Department Facebook page, noting that "contrary to third party reports on Facebook there was NOT a shooting in Salem last night."
Maurice Brooks, 26, was charged with the misdemeanors and released on his own recognizance, but the report said additional charges may be pending upon further investigation. He was taken into custody at the intersection of East Pershing Street and South Union Avenue.
Sgt. John Scheets explained that when a Taser is deployed, it makes a popping sound, and that is likely what residents heard at the time of the incident shortly after 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
A Taser fires dart-like electrodes still attached to the device which then attach to the target, temporarily incapacitating the person with a shock.
Portion of U.S. 422 closing for bridge work
WARREN - U.S. Route 422 approximately one mile east of state Route 5 / 82 will be closed nightly March 4 to 8 for bridge beam placement. These closures will be from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The detour will be state Route 5 to state Route 45.
This work is part of a $5.2 million bridge replacement and widening project on U.S. 422 over the Mahoning River.
The entire project is scheduled to be complete by late October 2013.