Female shot in Perkins Park
WARREN - An unidentified female was wounded about 9:15 p.m. Friday in Perkins Park during a birthday party. The extent of her injuries had not be released.
Capt. Robert Massucci said that although there were several witnesses and adults around, they all said they didn't see a gun being pulled out on anyone but only heard a shot being fired.
As of late Friday, police had no suspect and no gun, he said. Whether the shooting was accidental or intentional also remains unknown, he said.
Several witnesses were taken to the police station for additional questioning, Massucci said.
Police originally were called out for a shooting victim behind the gazebo at the park. A few minutes later, as a medical crew tended to the victim, police taped off a pavilion adorned with minimal birthday decorations and held witnesses, mostly teenagers, in a second pavilion to give statements to police.
A person not part of the group of rounded-up witnesses claimed that one teen was showing off a gun when it accidentally fired.
Suspect arrested in Boardman teen's death
YOUNGSTOWN - Michael Brown, 20, of Youngstown, was charged with aggravated murder in connection with last week's shooting death of Daniel Watkins, 19, of Boardman.
Youngstown police said Friday that Brown confessed to shooting Watkins during a drug deal in which Watkins was supposed to trade cough medicine and cash for a gram of heroin.
Watkins was shot in the chest July 25 while sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked on Loveland Road on the South Side. Watkins was found slumped over the steering wheel.
Brown is being held in the Mahoning County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Brown, who recently moved to Youngstown from Texas, told police he thought Watkins had a gun and planned to shoot him, so Brown shot him first, police told WYTV 33 News.
Watkins was a recent graduate of Boardman High School, where he was a popular baseball player.
Thieves take converters from auto dealer's lot
WARREN - A local auto dealer told police that five catalytic converters were stolen from the business this week.
The manager of Agree Auto Sales on Youngstown Road S.E. told police that the car parts, valued at $750, were stolen from underneath vehicles parked in his lot sometime between Monday and Wednesday.
In recent weeks, thieves have targeted local businesses, government buildings and agencies in a series of thefts involving catalytic converters and truck and bus batteries.
Newton Falls woman wins $100,000 in lottery
NEWTON FALLS - Phyllis Collins of Newton Falls won $100,000 in the Special Edition Cashword Ohio Lottery scratch-off game, according to the Ohio Lottery.
Collins purchased the ticket at BP Food Mart in Ravenna, according to the Lottery.
Motorcyclist killed after hitting car
WEST POINT - A 25-year-old man was killed Thursday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a Mercury Sable on Y&O Road in this Columbiana County town.
The Lisbon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that about 2:45 p.m. in Madison Township, Justin D. Knapp of County Airport Road, Wellsville, was on a 2007 Honda motorcycle driving northwest on Y&O Road when he struck the Mercury Sable driven by Samantha M. Baker, 18, of Y&O Road.
Baker was in the process of making a left turn out of a private drive onto Y&O Road, troopers said.
Whether charges will be filed is not determined at this point, and the matter is being forwarded to the Columbiana County Prosecutor for review, trooper Jodi Bowlen said. Excessive speed is not believed to be a factor, and the patrol is looking into possible view obstruction, she said.
Knapp was not wearing a helmet. Baker was not injured.