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Man charged with felonious assault

Published: Thu, July 30, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

The man finally stopped in a parking lot and waited for a police car to arrive.


STRUTHERS — A man was charged with felonious assault after an off-duty police officer accused the man of trying to ram his car.

Stephen Koscelansky, 19, of Harvey Street in Struthers, was jailed Tuesday night and appeared for arraignment in municipal court Wednesday.

He was released after posting $1,500, or 10 percent of his $15,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing is set for 9:45 a.m. Aug. 5.

Police were called at 11:22 p.m. Tuesday to help Officer Jason Murzda in the neighborhood of Euclid Avenue, Spring Street and Sexton Street, a police report says.

Murzda in his personal car was driving behind Koscelansky on Sexton Street when the episode began, the report says. He had a child in the car with him, police said, but they would not specify whether the child is Murzda’s.

Koscelansky also had passengers — his girlfriend and her sister, both juveniles, police said.

The report says Koscelansky skidded to a stop in front of Murzda, then he accelerated quickly, then stopped again several times.

Murzda called the station and followed Koscelansky, the report said.

The report said Koscelansky’s driving got more erratic and he screamed profanities at Murzda, accelerating in reverse and stopping inches from Murzda’s car.

Murzda got out and identified himself as a police officer, but Koscelansky sped off, the report said.

Koscelansky went into the parking lot at Spring and Euclid and did a high-speed U-turn, aiming at Murzda, the report said.

Murzda got back into his car and got out of the way, it said.

Koscelansky chased Murzda and tried to ram his passenger side, the report continues. He almost hit a utility pole, then drove out of control down the sidewalk and onto Euclid, it says.

Koscelansky turned into the high school parking lot, then tried to ram Murzda’s car again, the report said.

Murzda avoided him by turning on Euclid. Koscelansky backed into the parking lot and stopped.

When an on-duty officer arrived, Koscelansky said Murzda had been flashing his high beams at him while he was following him, the report indicates.


1sacco(5 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Im always shocked or should I say a lack there of.
Struthers has been and thinks it has its own laws even laws that are not anywhere else in Ohio. And as for the law there well lets say anyone who keeps up on stuff should know how they are not so perfect and they seem to belive that they can do what they want dam anyone else or the REAL LAWS. As for this story and a few others I have seen. A cop in his OWN car with his CHILD inside. either tryed to get Koscelansky's attention or what ever and koscelansky hit his brakes to let the person know to get off his Butt. Several times may I add. The only thing that seemed to happen here was a OFF DUTY cop Tailed him and got him scared along with his friends and BING Struthers makes more money. To say the least. Few ?s I have. Why did the cop tail him
What was the cop thinking? Someone should give him a ticket for putting his kid in harms way.
There are to many ?s to list that I have. I will say this if at nite some car come up on me flassing his headlites and I didnt know him and he tailed me closely. Well I would have hit my brakes and let him hit me. All this is and sounds like is A cop tailed someone to close and he was warned with brakelites several times to back off. As for going in reverse I Might have done it also to scare the Dumb A** off my bumper. I Mean SERIOUS Koscelansky tried to ((Hit a cop, Ram his Car. DO great boadly harm to him. He did all this??? Oh and then he went into a parking lot to wait for the police???????? AHHHH DONT THINK SO. I mean really? Think about it.
This aint nothing but a power trippin city anyway.
Sounds like he got follewed to close and was trying to get him to back off and in the parkin lot he went around the car n took off.
Sounds like to me this kid is going to get a raw deal over a power trippin cop that likes to put his kid in harms way.
Or shal I just say racism.
2 places in mahoning county (small towns)
Its always been funny to me that Struthers has been always known as crooked.
And Poland. Poland if you do 26 in a 25mph zone your gonna need KY cuz your getting a ticket. (Well maybe Poland aint bad But the law is help up there 100%)
Struthers makes there own laws. They create there own money. For being so Small of a town Lookem up online they have had such a bad rep and law suites and crooked cops its kinda SAD!!!!!!!!!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

No rocket science is involved to drive a car. If the driver behind him was doing something unusual there was no need for him to do unusual things also. A plate number and a 911 call would have put the law on his side. Perhaps his distorted thinking was the result of much deeper problems.

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