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Judge joins hunt, finds barefoot escaped teen

Published: Thu, December 30, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.


Columbiana County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Baronzzi

By D.A. Wilkinson



A judge dispensed mercy when he joined a search and found an escaped youth who was wandering shoeless in frigid weather.

Columbiana County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Baronzzi on Tuesday put on his hunting clothes and joined the search for the boy, who had bolted from his court.

The 17-year-old had been brought back to the county from a youth-detention facility in Canton.

As he left the juvenile court building in Lisbon, he took off his issued synthetic shoes and ran off at about 10:30 a.m.

“He was handcuffed so I thought ‘He won’t go far,’” said Judge Baronzzi, who is also the county’s probate court judge.

The youth’s hands were cuffed in front of him as he walked through creeks in his socks.

The judge said that at one point during the search, the youth got into an unlocked motor home. As police moved in, he dropped out of the bottom of the home, took off running and got away.

Judge Baronzzi said he waited for a call that the boy had been captured, but the call didn’t come so he went looking.

The judge checked several places where the boy had been seen. He saw the youth on private property near the entrance to the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center at 9364 state Route 45.

“I told him there was no place to go,” the judge said.

The youth was upset.

The judge said that the boy had his arms wrapped around his waist to cover up the handcuffs.

The judge told the youth he might die out in cold.

He asked the boy to get in his car, but the juvenile took off again. The temperature was about 20 degrees.

The judge caught up with him and asked him to get in the car. The youth did and they went back to the court.

“When we got there, he got out and thanked me,” he said.

When the boy finally gave up, his body temperature was 95 degrees and he was going into hypothermia.

Judge Baronzzi said that he may have to recuse himself from hearing the case.

The youth had been charged with striking a staff worker and a sheriff’s deputy at the Canton facility. The original charge against him was not disclosed. The youth was ordered returned to the Canton facility. He will now face a third-degree felony charge of escape.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Good job Baronzzi! Guess that's what they county voted for :Lisbon Blue Devil! He knows his old High School where he works at and the area. But one thing Republicans what if was something worse than someone escaping from High School Court House! Like a TERRIOST coming into said School! Seems are security isn't up to par! Who's to blame? I know it's not the Judge who caught said person! It must be all Mason Deputies who watch said school! See what happen when you hire CULTS COULBIANA COUNTY!!!!! But what's new .

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

"The youth was upset."

Oh my, the youth was upset. Poor thing. What a injustice there doing do this kid. I'm sure the staff and police at the courthouse will be sued for this youth escaping and going into hypothermia.

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3starofesther(168 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Teenager do not think correctly ...A honest and good mentor for the young boy...and kudos for the judge!

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4cheybaby2(103 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

This Is The First Judge Ive Ever Heard Ever Stepped Out Of His Court Room To Help anyone let alone a Very Troubled Youth. Great Job Your Honor. Thank You For Caring.

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5MLC75(660 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

The Judge shows that he really cares about ,the troubled youth of today.Great job Judge Baronzzi.

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6justsayin(42 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago


What cult are you referring to? You should go back on your medication soon.

Next time you post, try using grammar and spelling that humans can understand.

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7madisoncolmon(3 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago


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8Cassie(88 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Kind of makes me wonder what was going on at the facility in Canton that this kid was willing to risk so much to avoid going back there. Hope the matter is investigated completely--if he is just a bad egg, so be it, but still.......

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

madisoncolmon :

So you have something against this teen if he indeed is white? I see no color mentioned .

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10janpentz(41 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Wow....I'm impressed. In our county (Mahoning) this child would have been chased (maybe) by a bailiff. Our juvenile justice judge rarely attends hearings.

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11Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

great job here is a judge that is worth being reelected

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12timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

justsayin,What Cult? You got to be kidding me! The Mason, Eastern Star Cult that run this screwed up County! As far as grammar and spelling you better look at your stage name. There isn't such a word IDOIT!

mason Eastern Star Cult of Columbiana County

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13southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Another fine example of our youth in the Valley!

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