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Man flipped out at zoning officer

GREENFORD — A Youngstown man has been found guilty of damaging Green Township property during an altercation with an official last month.

Stephen A. Carouthers III, 39, was charged with a fifth-degree felony count of vandalism after reportedly flipping over a desk during a dispute with zoning inspector Bill Pitts Jan. 28 at the township administration building.

According to the police report, Carouthers became angry when Pitts refused to give him a building permit until checking its legality with the Mahoning County prosecutor’s office. He threw the building plans then flipped the desk, causing it to break on the floor, before leaving.

The damage was considered a felony because it was government property.

Carouthers turned himself in at Sebring court Feb. 6. He was found guilty Thursday on a reduced charge of misdemeanor criminal damaging and ordered to pay Green Township $640 for the desk, not have any written or verbal contact with Pitts and to read the entire Book of Proverbs within seven days.

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