Jefferson County sheriff
Threatened: A mother watching her kids play outside in Dillonvale reported strange behavior by a man walking on the railroad tracks, Monday. She said the man yelled something at them, but when she asked him to repeat it there was a loud bang and the man ran off “yelling he had a gun.” The woman and her older son followed him in their vehicle, reporting the white male jumped in a silver-colored Dodge Durango. Minutes later, they said the Durango pulled up alongside them and the driver, who they recognized, swerved his SUV toward their vehicle.
Fraud: A Mingo Junction woman told deputies she purchased a swing set advertised on Facebook marketplace and it has never been delivered, Monday.
Scam: A Toronto woman said she’s out $1,200 after a series of callers purporting to represent Apple convinced her she’d been hacked and needed their help to clear her account, Monday. The 69-year-old woman said the initial caller, a man, convinced her to buy two $100 gift cards at Kroger, scratch the back to reveal the number and send him a picture of the cards. The man then called her back and said he’d need more money to remove the rest of the hackers, and when the victim balked he put his “supervisor” on the line who said she’d need to purchase two $500 Target gift cards to finish the job. The victim complied, at which point the woman tried unsuccessfully to talk her into purchasing four $500 gift cards at CVS.
Arrested: Ian Anthony Shaw, 41, 226 Christopher Ave., Wintersville, bond revocation, Monday.
Arrested: Timothy Taylor, 35, 1432 Belleview Blvd., probation violation, Monday.
Arrested: Shawn Gregory Gill, 50, 133 Water St., failure to appear, Monday.
Arrested: Courtney Bonar, 22, 1677 Township Road 163, Rayland, bench warrant, Monday.
Stolen vehicle: A Crawford Avenue resident who left the keys in the ignition of his father’s pickup while the engine was running emerged from a gas station on North Seventh Street to find the vehicle gone, along with his wallet, cell phone and a chain saw, Monday. The victim said his debit card was used for a fraudulent $13 purchase at Dairy Queen, a $41.99 purchase at Dollar General in Salineville and a $9.75 purchase at a Marathon station in Amsterdam, while his cell phone was tracked to Smith Oil on Bantam Ridge. The missing vehicle, a 2002 Ford F350, is dark green with rivets on the back and a rack in the bed, he said.
Guns: The rear windows of a vehicle parked in the 1400 block of Ridge had both rear windows shot out, Monday. Owner initially believed someone was igniting fireworks, but police determined damage was caused by a single bullet.
More guns: Multiple callers reported shots fired in the 900 block of Sherman, Tuesday. Police said the calls came in shortly after midnight. The investigation is ongoing, police said.
Fraud: A Follansbee man reported someone is using his debit card to make unauthorized purchases, Monday. The victim said his wallet was stolen from his girl friend’s car, Saturday.
Cat house: An unlicensed vehicle violation in the 1300 block of Cardinal Street was investigated, Monday. Police say the car, parked at the rear of the property, was full of trash and being used to house cats. Notice of violation sent to owner of the property.
Violation: Notice sent to owners of properties at 1409 Oregon and 1207 Pennsylvania avenues of grass violations, Monday. The owner of a property at 1619 State St. notified of violations involving a car with expired plates and a flat tire that was surrounded by trash and litter.
Cited: Michael J. Morelli, 34, 199 Main St., Rayland, driving under suspension.