Man, dog found living in storage unit

New Middletown storage

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A Petersburg man was found living in a storage unit in New Middletown.

A New Middletown police officer made the discovery while on routine patrol during the midnight shift. The man, 46, was living in the unit at Tiger Storage on state Route 170 with his dog.

He told police his home burned down and he ran out of money for a hotel, so he moved into the storage unit he once rented. He told police his sister is in a Salem nursing home and he had nowhere else to go.

The man was taken to the Rescue Mission of Mahoning County and Animal Charity took the dog.

New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio said the man is on a large amount of medication and the storage unit was “sweltering.” He said the man could have died if he had not been discovered.


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