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Mooney teens charged in assault in Canfield plead innocent

Published: Wed, March 18, 2009 @ 6:05 p.m.

CANFIELD — Teenagers charged in connection with a Feb. 22 assault at a Timber Run Drive home have entered written pleas of innocence.

Additionally, the young man who was the target of the attack has pleaded innocent to an assault that happened earlier Feb. 22.

A courtroom spokesman said because of written pleas, an arraignment scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mahoning County Area Court here was canceled.

Dominic Jackett, 18, of Youngstown, Kyle White, 18, of Boardman, Dan McGlone, 18, of Boardman, Matthew McWilson, 18, of Youngstown, Peter Bernat, 19, of Youngstown, Nicholaos Frangopoulos, 18, of Poland, Owen Timlin, 18, of Youngstown, Michael Thomas, 18, of Boardman, Adam Wheeler, 18, of Poland, and Scott Johnson, 18, of North Jackson, are all charged with aggravated trespass.

McWilson, White, Johnson and Frangopoulos are also charged with assault.

Canfield detectives said the teens arrived at the residence of Michael Malvasi Jr., 18, of Timber Run Drive in Canfield, just before 1 a.m. and were caught on surveillance camera assaulting Malvasi Jr.

Police reports indicated the fight was a result of an incident that occurred around 12:30 a.m., when Malvasi Jr. allegedly punched Jackett on Fox Haven Drive in the township.

Malvasi Jr. was charged with assault in relation to that episode.

Four juveniles are also charged in the incident on Timber Run Drive. Their cases will be reviewed by officials at the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center, Youngstown, at a different time. All four of the juveniles are charged with aggravated trespass and assault.

No pre-trial date has been set.

Nick Modarelli, prosecutor for Mahoning County Area Court here, was not available for comment late Wednesday afternoon. Family and attorneys for each of the 11 teens also declined comment.


1pinkdog(2 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

He's Mafia spawn. This won't be the last you'll read that name in the Vindicator. It's almost biblical....sadly enough.

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2fidsticks(4 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Isn't that what lawyers are for?????

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3computer_rick(137 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey, "Mafia spawn" is a little hurtful, don't you think?

First off, there is no Mafia or organized crime anymore, the task force cleaned it all up!

Second, just because after ruining most of Youngstown for decades, the progeny of these old time gangsters happen to live in an area that their "families" never managed to corrupt, is admirable. It shows great good sense.

Third. I am unaware of any reputed Mafia family members being arrested in Canfield for at least a few years. So there!

And finally, is this great or what! I LOVE IT! Enjoy it for awhile, as I stated in a prior post, after the kids get sent off to College, and come back, Dad will get them that job with the City/State/County (take your pick) and this will just be another knee-slapper at the ten year Mooney reunion...

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4carterdouglass(2 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago


This blog is much like the immaturity and aggression displayed by the teens. What we as a community must do is take this and learn from it, so it does happen again.

I am 36years old and I made mistakes in my life, however what those young boys did was disgusting, unwarranted and reckless.

Fights go on across the city, across the states and the entire world. We cannot change the world, nevertheless; as the late Enis Cosby said, "If we change ourselves then we are making a change in the world." On that note let us talk to our children, the parents of other children and get to the reason behind this deep seeded hatred, that is poisoning our children.

This situation could have been uglier than it was. Some homeowners have weapons in their house. On that so many lives could have been taken not only physically but, mentally and spiritually as well.

I believe that the adolescents who trespassed onto the property of Malvasi should be charged and sentenced accordingly along with counseling.

I believe that the parents of the adolescents should be charged, sentenced and undergo counseling as well.

I do not know what went on between Mr. Malvasi and the other young boy earlier that day--I do know it not warrant a group of young impulsive and angry males going to his home and attacking he and his father.

Again, I hope that we will learn from this sad and ugly situation and make a change within ourselves and our homes, that will ultimately change the world.

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