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Hagan dust-up at cafe settled

Published: Wed, February 17, 2010 @ 12:04 a.m.

‘I think it’s best that we just move on,’ the state rep told the judge.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


Rep. Robert F. Hagan, D-Youngstown. (AP Photo/Larry Phillips)


Dorian Thomas

YOUNGSTOWN — A physical altercation between an area politician and a college student came to an end with probation, a fine and hugs and handshakes throughout the courtroom.

Dorian Thomas, 30, of Youngstown, was set to appear for a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court on a felonious-assault charge. Thomas, however, ended up pleading guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault with a recommendation of probation from city prosecutors.

Judge Kobly sentenced Thomas to a one year’s probation and ordered him to pay a $100 fine.

The charge stems from an altercation Feb. 6 between Thomas and state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, at The Lemon Grove Caf and Lounge, 122 W. Federal St., in downtown Youngstown. Thomas punched Hagan in the face, knocking out the politician.

After Hagan and Thomas addressed the court, the men took a moment to shake hands and exchange pleasantries at the rear of the courtroom.

Thomas also hugged Hagan’s daughter, who was knocked down during the altercation at the downtown nightspot.

Atty. Walter Ritchie, representing Thomas, told the judge his client has shown a tremendous amount of concern for Hagan and his family since the altercation took place.

Thomas wrote a lengthy letter to Hagan and his family, which he read before the court.

Thomas, a performer and student at Youngstown State University, said he wanted to contact the Hagan family immediately after the incident, even contemplated sending flowers, but decided not to do so because the gesture might have made the situation worse.

Thomas, with Hagan standing two feet away at his side, apologized to the family and wished Hagan well in future political endeavors.

“My conduct that evening was inappropriate. ... I wish I had the opportunity to meet you under different circumstances,” Thomas said. “Many blessings to you and your family. Again, I am sorry for the pain and hurt to your family.”

Hagan waived any claim to restitution for damages suffered in the altercation.

“The defendant has indicated an apology, and I have accepted that apology,” Hagan said. “I think it’s best that we just move on, both with his life and my life.”

Judge Kobly, in sentencing Thomas to probation, said he walked into the courtroom and took full responsibility for his actions — something she called a rare occurrence. She said Thomas is not a candidate for incarceration and noted that incarceration might do more harm than good to Thomas.



1DrGoo(297 comments)posted 5 years ago

great news!

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2Drepster(13 comments)posted 5 years ago

Yeah this actually continues a positive vibe in the local news for the week. Glad to see calmer heads prevailed.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

"Hagan waived any claim to restitution for damages suffered in the altercation."

It sounds like a liberal amount of forgiveness .

The next step for Dorian's conquest is to take over the Lemon Grove . An ubundance of notoriety has made Dorian a household word .



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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years ago

Youngstown walks away with another blackeye over this incident. Who wants to bring good paying jobs to a city with this type of monkey business atmosphere?

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5mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years ago

I'M glad that both sides,worked things out,and have moved on.It shows that maybe it was out of character for Dorian to act,the way he did,he showed class by apologizing.There is a positive ending,to what started out as a fire storm for Dorian and Hagan.

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6JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years ago

"witnesses would have justified his actions and that Mr. Hagan would have found out who was realy at fault."

He plead guilty...he was at fault.

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7Photoman(1029 comments)posted 5 years ago

Like it was said, "Let's move on".

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8BillyBob(92 comments)posted 5 years ago

"As I said at the beginning of this story,Mr. Thomas was and is a class act. I'am thinking that witnesses would have justified his actions and that Mr. Hagan would have found out who was realy at fault."

No matter what Hagan said, why did Thomas result to violence? I'm sure we have all been provoked at one time but been smart enough to hold back and not do something stupid. There is a reason why Thomas was the quilty one here - he reacted very poorly to whatever the situation was. Its great news that this was resolved though.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

If Dorian would have hit someone from the hood like that his future would come to an abrupt end . Punching old white politicians is safe . Now that Dorian is bad dude certified the world will be his oyster until he gets shucked .

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10PHISHIE(105 comments)posted 5 years ago

All is well that ends well........who said that anyway???? PHISHIE

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

"She said Thomas is not a candidate for incarceration and noted that incarceration might do more harm than good to Thomas."

Atty. Walter Ritchie is an excellent attorney and he saved Dorian Thomas from the deep scat that he was in . Excellent job Walter !

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12redvert(2117 comments)posted 5 years ago

Come on people, call it what it is! Hagen's people determined that this action puts Hagen in the best light. This decision insures no loss of support from certain voter groups. Geez, this isn't rocket science!!!

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13pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 5 years ago

Redvert is right. And Hagan probably acted in a rude mannor as was stated in another artilce. Wouldnt help gain respect from those that vote for him.

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14Nunya22(315 comments)posted 5 years ago

It's nice things were worked out but I still feel the whole truth didn't come out but oh well long as both parties are happy with the decision

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