Police respond to double shooting in Youngstown
YOUNGSTOWN - Two people were shot late Thursday on the city's East Side.
According to police, the shooting happened just before 10 p.m. in the 700 block of Kendis Circle near Oak Street.
Police said both victims were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where they were being treated for gunshot wounds. The severity of the injuries were not known at press time.
One victim may have been shot in the head, according to reports.
Youngstown police had to call in for extra officers to conduct crowd control, police said. The investigation is ongoing.
Woman pleads not guilty to murdering boyfriend
A Boardman woman accused of killing her live-in boyfriend pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder.
Tequila M. Haskins, 28, remains at the Mahoning County Jail on a $250,000 bond. She is due in Mahoning County Boardman Area Court on July 16.
Haskins, 812 Moyer Ave., told police she fatally stabbed Brian E. Tubbs about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday after she confronted Tubbs about him being naked with another woman inside their home.
Haskins told police Tubbs "went after her" and she stabbed him.
When officers arrived on Tuesday, Haskins yelled, "I stabbed him and he's not breathing," police reports state. Officers noted Haskins' hands were covered in blood.
Investigators found Tubbs in a second-floor bedroom with blood on the floor and walls.
Man gets two years in pizzeria robbery
WARREN - A Vienna man who robbed a Howland pizza shop was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to a charge of robbery.
Robert Jacob Mealy, 23, of Sunny Dale Drive, confessed to a Howland detective shortly after a woman he was with came forward and said she was unaware that Mealy was going to use an air pistol to hold up the Papa John's Pizza on Elm Road N.E.
Mealy left the woman and returned later with $516 stolen in the robbery.
Police used a search warrant to recover the air pistol.
Judge Ronald Rice ordered Mealy to pay the money back to Papa John's after he serves the time.
Tree carving expected to be completed Sunday
MESOPOTAMIA - A wood carver is making progress on a large oak tree after a recent setback with rotten wood.
Rock Creek artist Bob Anderson said if the weather holds out this weekend, he expects to have the 15-foot tree chainsaw carving complete by Sunday. The sculpture is being created out of a 300-year-old oak tree that was heavily damaged by a summer storm beside the End of the Commons General Store in Mesopotamia.
"I know it's taking me a little longer than expected... it's the biggest piece I've ever done and the hardest wood," he said.
Champion Township responds to vehicle fire
CHAMPION - Township fire crews were called out shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday to a vehicle fire in the parking lot at Sparkle Market off Mahoning Avenue.
A spokesman with the department said crews doused the flames and there were no injuries.
Sparkle was closed at the time and the car was the only vehicle in the lot.
State: Health insurance costs to rise for Ohioans
A state analysis finds that insurers planning to participate in the new health insurance exchange are projecting their costs to cover Ohioans to be significantly higher.
Ohio's Department of Insurance released preliminary details Thursday of the health plans seeking state approval to operate in the online marketplace created by the federal health care law.
Staff, wire reports