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South Side man charged with home invasion

Published: Thu, December 23, 2010 @ 2:53 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A South Side man is in Mahoning County jail on a combined $650,000 bond after police say he attempted to break into a home and shot at the homeowner who tried to apprehend him.

Andre Swanson, 32, of Montclair Avenue, appeared for arraignment today before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court on felony charges of attempted aggravated burglary, felonious assault, obstructing official business, a convicted felon in illegal possession of a weapon and possession of criminal tools.

Swanson, who appeared before the judge by closed-circuit television, was given a court-appointed attorney after telling the court his only income is Suplemental Security Income. He attempted to plead his case for a lowered bond, but prosecutors pointed to his past criminal history as reason to impose a significant bond.

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1Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Supplemental Security Income is a United States government program that provides stipends to low-income persons who are either 65+ or disabled It is ran be the Social Security Administration. The money for it comes out of the general fund not the Social Security trust fund. It provides benefits to about 8 million people in the us illegal and us citizens. It is generally given to people on section 8 and food stamps so if they dont work they can still have some cash money to spend on drugs.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Suplemental Security Income is paid for being a drug addict and or alcoholic .

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3Undisputed330(11 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Hope he dies soon

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4karma(16 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

This worthless excuse for a human being just got out of jail this year after doing 10 years for the same type of crimes.

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5corky(5 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

While I am not happy about this story either, please remember that this is the Chrsitmas season. You do not need to show your hatred here. Please keep to yourself. Merry Christmas to all

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6UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Just another Southside hoodrat doing his thing. It's too bad he's not in the morgue for Xmas. The whole southside is full of nothings.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

This high bond is keeping Andre Swanson from living his life to it's fullest . He will now be depressed during the holidays and bitter toward society . House arrest with an ankle bracelet would have been more appropriate and less stressful on him .

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8LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I just KNEW as soon as I saw "SSI" that there would be comment after comment discussing not him, but the fact that he s on SSI.

Yeah he's scum and should be kicked off SSI, but they only care if a person is disabled and can't work, not if that person is a scumbag.

The only practical thing that separates SSI and SSDI is the amount of work credits one has. So if a person gets hurt early in life, they might not have enough credit for SSDI, are they to be vilified because they were young when they were injured?

The truly sickening thing is now that this person has made the news, and the other 10 people on SSI who aren't criminals don't, people will continue to spout off that "nothing but cheats and criminals on welfare!" or stuff like that.

and since Im pretty positive that this will degenerate even further into a harangue over who gets SSI/SSDI, I'd like to preemptively add that is very difficult to get on Disability, I had a medical discharge from the U.S. Army and that wasn't enough. I had to see 3 different "Social Security Review Doctors", Take this Physical Test where they time you performing various tasks to test your ability to work, a psych review, you also receive 2 packets that are about 40 pages, one asking you to detail every single job you've ever had, and list how many times a day you lifted, sat, carried, ran, jogged, frolicked, or pranced, and the other listing all of the doctors, and hospitals and such you've been to. EVER.
You'll receive constant new packets requesting more information about your medical symptoms, medical history and such.

and even then it took me almost a year of getting notices "we don't have enough medical information to make a determination" please go get this test, this CT scan, goto this doctor. Plus during all this you can't work so most are surviving on welfare which in PA the max benefit for a single male with no children was $85 every 2 weeks, and $250 in foodstamps.

I challenge anyone here to try and live on $170 a month. Good luck finding a place to live.

Even after all of this I am lucky. I am the ONLY Person I and everyone else I've ever spoken to thats on SSI/SSDI that didn't get automatically refused and have to appeal, get rejected, then hire a lawyer.

So its not like you decide one morning "Oh I don't want to goto work anymore, I think I'll sit on my hands and get government money"

Its a very long, tedious, and convoluted process that tends to weed out all but the truly disabled, or the hardcore frauds who give everyone else on it a bad name.

*comes down from his soap box*

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9LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Felons can indeed get FAFSA's federal pell grant and the Ohio Institutional Grant, its people that have ever been convicted of a drug related offense that can't receive it.

A brilliant idea so to stop drug users from getting a higher education and perhaps improving their lot in life

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10LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Also yeah the guy is scum but none of us are qualified to debate his merits for SSI because none of us have seen his medical records. Good people get hurt, Bad People get hurt too.

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11UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I think everyone on SSI should be reviewed annually by the government. The number of people collecting is too LARGE. We need to reduce this entitlement down to the level that everyone can afford. Losers like this need to be weeded out of the SSI program and anyone with a criminal background like his should be excluded.

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12LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

So if when I'm say 18 I get arrested for something, then 25 years later I get hurt, I'm ineligible, great idea.

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh cry me a river of support for Andre Swanson getting SSI ! It should be cut off right after a felony arrest . Prey on society and you should be given no support !

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