Youngstown cops suspended for fighting one another

YOUNGSTOWN — A physical altercation between two sergeants in the Youngstown Police Department will mean time away from work for three officers in the department.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said the department has wrapped up an extensive investigation into a March altercation between Sgt. James Pasquale and Sgt. John Payne.

He said each officer will be given between three and five days off work depending on whether they attend anger management counseling.

Lt. William Centric, supervisor in charge at the time of the altercation, also will serve a three-day suspension. He is not required to attend anger management counseling.

All three men will be suspended without pay, but Payne and Centric will have the option of using vacation time to account for the suspension, police officials said.

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