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Police close Afro Dogs’ hangout — a condemned house

Published: Wed, February 10, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

The building was being used as a party location despite multiple safety concerns.


DOG HOUSE CLOSED: The Afro Dogs Motorcycle Club had used this building at 725 Steel St. on the West Side as a social hangout. The building, however, is on the city’s demolition list. Police also found illegal utility use and a stolen motorcycle at the former bar.


YOUNGSTOWN — A motorcycle club has called a West Side building its new home, but police say it is unsuitable for habitation and have closed it.

Their attempts to shut down the home of The Afro Dogs Motorcycle Club at 725 Steel St. last week ended in arrests and citations being issued. Police also recovered a stolen vehicle and discovered illegal utility use.

According to police reports, officers received word of people partying and dancing on a lit-up dance floor in the building. Police say the building, however, is on the city’s demolition list.

Firefighters told police the building’s owner, Ondrea Shabazz, had been given time to make needed repairs, but he had failed to add fire extinguishers and obtain permits for various electrical and plumbing upgrades.

Officers went to the property Friday in an attempt to close the building. When they arrived, they were met by 40-year-old Lamont Walker of Youngstown, a worker for the motorcycle club president.

Walker attempted to show police work being done at the building, but before he could do so, police learned that he had driven to the building with six active driver’s license suspensions. He was issued a citation for the violations.

Shortly thereafter, Jason Hymes, 37, and Willy Smith IV, 36, both of Youngstown, arrived at the building to inquire about the police presence.

Hymes was found to be driving with three active driver’s license suspensions, and police arrested Smith on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

Inside the building, officers found open liquor bottles, a disco ball, a dance floor, Afro Dogs insignia on several walls, a stereo system, shot glasses and plastic cups at the bar, and a full working kitchen with food ready to be prepared.

There also were utility hookups to the building, but officers contacted the city water department and learned no water service had been issued to the building since 2006.

Water department personnel shut off what police referred to as an illegal water hookup.

Officers also found a 2002 Suzuki motorcycle inside the building with false plates. The motorcycle was determined to be stolen out of Parma Heights and towed to the police holding facility.

Police said the building was unsafe for habitation with boarded-up windows, missing steps, missing foundation pieces, tree limbs coming from the roof, a leaking hot-water tank, a collapsing dirt foundation in the basement, and holes in the floor large enough to see the lower level.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Is Youngstown now getting serious about crime ?

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2mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years ago

Why did the Afro dogs move from the south side to the west side ? I bet the south side was too dangerous lol lol.

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3henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 5 years ago

do you think they might be....black-americans, paulb?

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4redvert(2118 comments)posted 5 years ago

henryviii1509, That too, but, THEY DID NAME THEMSELVES so deal with it!!!

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5JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years ago

"a lit-up dance floor." What you guys meant to write was "lighted," right? Well done.

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6JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years ago

They should have waited until there was a meeting and there were like 40 people there.

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7valleytransplant(37 comments)posted 5 years ago

Sounds like the old Jungle Inn.

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8mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years ago

paulb they are an African American Motorcycle gang,I first saw them around 1975 ,on Hillman St.I saw a couple of their members at the Italian American fest,in Youngstown this past summer.They wear colors ,just like any club,with their logo on it.You would know if you saw them.There was aslo another African American club on the east side,called Brothers of the Hammer.I don't know if they still exist.I never knew of The Afro Dogs to start trouble with anyone,I never had a problem on the few,occasions that ,I saw them.

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9redvert(2118 comments)posted 5 years ago

African Americans!!! Does that mean they are Americans that migrated here from Africa? Bet very few if any have ever been to Africa. How about Americans of African descent?

What would you call a white person that migrated to the U.S. from Africa. They would be real African Americans, right?

Am I a racist? No, I am realist.

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10redvert(2118 comments)posted 5 years ago

How do you get six active license suspensions and are still out of jail? I don't envy the police that write these dirt bags up and then watch as the courts turn the scum loose.

Sheriff Joe, we need someone like you around here and some judges that have not been neutered!

The link below is one of many on Sheriff Joe. Think there is any chance of someone around here having some gonads?


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11woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years ago

They cant be a gang if there arent out causing trouble its just an affiliation.

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12JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years ago

"They cant be a gang if there arent out causing trouble its just an affiliation."


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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

"police learned that he had driven to the building with six active driver’s license suspensions."

So ! He has proven that he can drive without a license . They was just chillin at the clubhouse . Where did they hide the drugs ? Was the drug sniffing dog brought in ?

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14redvert(2118 comments)posted 5 years ago

"They cant be a gang if there arent out causing trouble its just an affiliation."


Yea, it's a affliction alright!!

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15woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years ago

Hells Angels? A gang or what?

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16jmpt37(43 comments)posted 5 years ago

Time to go after the cell now! lets go boys you can do it!

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17the1whoknows(1 comment)posted 5 years ago

None of you know what the f--k you are talking about so keep your comments to yourself.

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18Lou123(5 comments)posted 5 years ago

paulb you seem to know a lot about what goes on during working hours. Are you sure you aren't amongst the population? I mean you are commenting an awful lot between 9-5...

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19Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

"Shortly thereafter, Jason Hymes, 37, and Willy Smith IV, 36, both of Youngstown, arrived at the building to inquire about the police presence.

Hymes was found to be driving with three active driver’s license suspensions, and police arrested Smith on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation."

Keep cool on your stool as it's all good ! Laws were only made to be broken . Then you get to be in a real clubhouse with a lot of cool dudes .

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20Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago



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21Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years ago


You really need to go back to school and get a education. Ouch....that was so useless it's actually pretty sad. I'm sure your a adult and you should really do something with your life instead of playing little children games. Amazing...


"It's just one idiotic story after another about low life losers who no one wants to be around."

Agree 100%

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22afrofriend6(1 comment)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I am a Friend of a few members of the Youngstown Afro Dogs and I have a few comments for the IGNORANT (not knowing) jerks on this website.

I will start with the idiot, elpolloretrasado who proceeds to call names like he is 3. The jail is open for all criminals and you do not put your mind to anything that is productive except how to make the Afro Dogs look bad..is it an inferior problem, love?

And to Stan You think that if they did sell drugs that your white community doesn't? there are more African American addicts because your people write illegal perscriptions!

Gatos You say you wish it was like it used to be when your family owned the barf..well it could be. That is what the Afro Dogs were making it. The illegal water was a mistake on the owners part hoe were they to know he had it run illegally?

And paulb(itch) Not one time have I ever heard an African American call one another n*ggers. As for Afroo..you are supposed to be proud of who you are not be ashamed. I think that you and a few of your ignorant(not knowing) friends should do a little more research before you talk bad about anyone.
You are aware I am sure as to every family has a "black sheep" and i will not tell you that none of the Afro Dogs have ever had legal issues but i know the ones that i know personally are good upstanding citizens. I also know three that own their own businesses!
There is much more white crime than black. African Americans might do the wrong thing with their black on black crimes but then we have white folk that kill whole schools, nursing homes, and even their own families! What about all the upper class white people in New Castle PA that just were charged with pill sale? What are they? Upstanding citizens? The plague that I see is the white race with mental illnesses that are doing the most harm to society! REASEARCH first!

And for 1whoknows, lou123, and IVL 353 I am not a member but I have been the significant other of one of your newer members from the Youngstown Dogs. He been with you guys for two years and my only complaint is my man comes home late after hanging out but, he is a good man and father who owns his own buiness and I know he set a great example for your affiliation/club.

And last but not least I want you ingnorant (not knowing) people to know that I am a white female. So I was bashing my own race because there Are as many of them to be talked about as well as African American!

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23roaddog(1 comment)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

if your not a dog you cant understand a dog so shut the f**k up..........road dog a.d.m.c retired baltimore,md

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