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Jury selection to begin today

Published: Tue, January 19, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m.


Ivan Maldonado

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The defendant is accused of making a threatening call to a YSU employee.


YOUNGSTOWN — Jury selection was to begin at 9 a.m. today for the menacing trial of a former Youngstown State University union president.

The case against Ivan Maldonado, 41, of Boardman, a single misdemeanor count of menacing, is being tried before Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. of Youngstown Municipal Court.

Maldonado was arrested in early April 2009 based on a complaint filed in March 2009 by Kay Helscel, another member of the Association of Classified Employees union at YSU. Maldonado was president of the union at that time.

The complainant told university police she felt threatened by Maldonado’s comments during a March 10 telephone call she said he made to her office related to a letter of agreement between the union and the university being circulated on campus.

The letter was signed in November 2008 by Maldonado and Craig Bickley, former YSU chief human- resources officer, regarding the position of yet another ACE member.

Helscel, in a written statement to campus police, said Maldonado warned she might be subject to a lawsuit if she were involved in circulating the letter, telling her it would be bad for her health. When she asked him what he meant, he said getting involved in a legal issue over circulation of the letter could be bad for her mental health, she said.

The university placed Maldonado on paid administrative leave a short time later and fired him in July on allegations of making threats against other university employees and unsatisfactory performance of his duties in the university’s payroll office.

He was a 20-year employee of the university.

The ACE union has filed grievances against the university over his termination, accusing the university of violating the ACE contract and seeking Maldonado’s reinstatement. That issue is going to arbitration.


1penguinswin(21 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I hope justice is served and Mr. Maldonado if found guilty, guilty, guilty. Let's remember, the city is prosecuting this guy, not another individual. The grand jury felt there was enough evidence to go forward. Too bad it's not a felony. He is a small time hood that thought he was above the law! He gives credence to those people who hate Unions!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

This trial is a waste of resources in a much to do about nothing ! Many real criminals selling drugs, robbing and killing need processed !

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3CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Stan...it's not really a waste if you're one of the people afraid to go to work. My hope is for a fair and impartial trial...

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4CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I'M not afraid to go to work...I didn't file the complaint. But the person who did file the charge felt that way. And the YPD obviously felt there was enough evidence to arrest Mr. Maldonado for his alleged threat. Question: If the administration is so evil, why would the majority of people in the Youngstown area give their right arm for a job at YSU? Like I said, I hope for a fair trial...

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5CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

With all due respect, you sound completely paranoid and off your rocker. I wish that, under the veil of anonymity, you would name names and their specific evil deeds. I think you have spent too much time with the wrong people. I'm not completely defending the administration....they have made some stupid mistakes, but these people are not the Third Reich. If you are an employee and you really feel that way, you should resign your position. I still believe YSU is a great place to work. I'm really sorry you feel that way, and remember not every employee that works at YSU is under the protection of a union.

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