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Brawl erupts outside city courtroom after murder suspect is arraigned



Published: Thu, July 15, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

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Melvin Shaw, 18, of Idlewood Avenue was video arraigned Wednesday in Youngstown Municipal Court on charges in the murder of Tracee Banks, 17, and attempted murder of Ohio State University football recruit Jamel Turner, 18.

  Court Hearing Brawl

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Youngstown police use force to break up a melee Wednesday morning in the hallway of the Youngstown Municipal Court in City Hall. The fight began between the friends and family members of murder suspect Melvin Shaw and those of shooting victim Tracee Banks. Shaw was arraigned before the melee.

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Wade Shaw, 35, of Youngstown, is shown on the ground after Youngstown police shocked him with a Taser for his involvement in a melee outside Youngstown Municipal Court. Shaw was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and resisting arrest and is in Mahoning County jail. The relationship of Wade Shaw and Melvin Shaw wasn’t clear.

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Wade Shaw

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Melvin Shaw II

By Ashley Luthern

aluthern@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A murder suspect’s arraignment ended with the defendant’s bond set at $1.25 million and one of his relatives joining him in jail after a melee in a court hallway.

Melvin S. Shaw II, 18, of Idlewood Avenue, was arraigned by video Wednesday morning in Youngstown Municipal Court in the shooting death of Tracee Banks, 17, and attempted murder of Ohio State University football recruit Jamel Turner, 18.

Shaw appeared silent on screen and was represented by Attorney Thomas Zena. Magistrate Anthony Sertick set bond at $500,000 and $750,000. Shaw will have a preliminary trial at 10 a.m. July 23.

After the arraignment, as family and friends of the victim and the suspect left the courtroom, an altercation broke out, and dozens of police officers rushed to the scene.

Wade Shaw, 35, of Youngstown, was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and resisting arrest and was taken to Mahoning County jail. It’s unclear how Wade Shaw and Melvin Shaw are related.

Wade Shaw was swinging his arms wildly, and a Youngstown police officer told him to stop twice, according to a police report. When the officer tried to make an arrest, he was pushed away during the melee. The officer shocked him in the torso with a Taser.

“We were going to the elevator, and someone in the Shaw family punched my son [Gerald Banks Jr., the father of Tracee Banks] in the face,” said Barbara Cottle, Tracee’s grandmother.

Wade Shaw was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center to have the Taser barb removed. He was then returned to the Youngstown Police Department where he was booked and transported to jail.

“Their son ain’t dead,” Cottle said. “We’ll never see [Tracee] again.”

The brawl highlighted security concerns previously voiced by Youngstown Municipal Court judges.

“The bigger problem is that the facility is inadequate and can’t stop things like this from happening,” said Judge Elizabeth Kobly, who viewed security camera footage of the brawl.

Two security guards, paid by city administration, are stationed to protect the entire floor, which includes three courtrooms and the clerk of courts office. This floor connects City Hall with the Youngstown police station. Those leaving the Shaw arraignment were walking to the public elevator on the City Hall side of the floor when the fight broke out.

“We can’t make that place safe,” Judge Kobly said. “We can’t make it secure. We’ve done all we can do, and our hands are tied.”

Judges can request extra security from Youngstown police, said Chief Jimmy Hughes.

SDLqI think we had a good response,” Hughes said. “This wasn’t a situation where we had to get there; we were there at the time it happened.”

At Melvin Shaw’s next hearing July 23, there will be no opportunity for the families to mingle or anything that would lead to a fight, he said.

“We look forward to the next hearing and when that happens, we’ll have a good presence to make sure everyone’s under control,” Hughes said.

The melee followed an orderly hearing in which Attorney John Marsh, assistant city law director, sought $1.5 million bond for the two charges.

Sertick set the bond at the lower amount after Zena said Shaw has no prior criminal history and surrendered to the police without incident Tuesday.


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1pnut(8 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Violence and criminality in the black community is at epidemic levels. Read the Moynihan report from the 60's for the reasons why. Generations of young girls making babies an the lack of father in the kids lives. This is what you end up with, mindless, heartless animals gunning each other down left and right. Close your legs girls, or use birth control. Don't have kids with trash, don't BE trash and provide your kids with a healthy environment, or don't have them. If you're a grandparent at 40, consider yourself a failure. We're our own worst enemy. Same goes for Mexicans, less than 8 percent of the U.S. population but 50 % of it's gang members, that's pathetic.

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2VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The court police need to release one row of seated visitors at a time. Only enough to fill the elevator.

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3mrblue(923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

This shows no respect for the court. Look how some of them were dressed, again, no respect for the court. Violent acts only bring on more violence.

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4Nunya22(315 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Overall a big problem in this community is racism between blacks and whites, drugs, child molestors, male abuse on women, denial of any racism/prejudice due to ignorance, killing, robbing, stalking, crimes not being reported because of lack of protection, crookedness with some police officers, black on black crime, some teachers not doing there job caring for their students, some parents not doing their job with parenting their children, some group homes not caring for the children, females fighting over lying cheating men on the net and in person, crookedness with how money is spent to fix the community, bad response timing of the police to some neighborhoods, abondon houses, people judging people who use welfare, people abusing welfare, up to date buildings, people out of work, people hanging out at gas stations, people hanging out at corner stores, and people bad talking the police as a whole. I could keep going on and on alot of these things other communities are dealing with these issues as well but I will just speak on this community.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The family of Melvin Shaw II views him as a victim . They are supporting him without any reservations . To them Tracee Banks was the instigator and they vent their anger toward her family for supporting the prosecution of Melvin Shaw II .

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6Life888(17 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Have respect for the police and law enforcement!

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7aarpme(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

What makes all these people commenting on the black community, think this doesn't happen in the white communty. You have just as many white girls having babies out of wedlock as the black girls. Annnd by black & white young men, what's their problem, Color Blind ? This isn't just a black problem, it's everyone's problem. Wake up People.

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8UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

aarpme - Nationwide nearly a third of the babies born to white teen-agers and 83% born to black teens were illegitimate. Blacks account for more than half of all illegitimate births and are only 13% of the US population. Get the stats right!

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9Nunya22(315 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

http://www.indexmundi.com/united_stat...

Ethnic groups: white 79.96%, black 12.85%, Asian 4.43%, Amerindian and Alaska native 0.97%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.18%, two or more races 1.61% (July 2007 estimate)
note: a separate listing for Hispanic is not included because the US Census Bureau considers Hispanic to mean persons of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin including those of Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican Republic, Spanish, and Central or South American origin living in the US who may be of any race or ethnic group (white, black, Asian, etc.); about 15.1% of the total US population is Hispanic

Definition: This entry provides an ordered listing of ethnic groups starting with the largest and normally includes the percent of total population.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of February 19, 2010
http://www.indexmundi.com/united_stat...

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo...

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvs...

I hope some of these links may help out some people who like knowing percentages on birth/pregnancy/abortion rates

also my intake on the abortion rates is just an estimated percentage because alot of places do not really count that.

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10dateline111(41 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

mrblue (251 comments) posted 8 hours, 23 minutes ago

This shows no respect for the court. Look how some of them were dressed, again, no respect for the court. Violent acts only bring on more violence.
These thugs dress like that for Sunday Church Service, they have respect for nothing, many of them are faithful church members,and I can assure you that every one of them will tell you that dope smoking fornicating,thuglife Tracie Banks is resting in the arms of Jesus in thug heaven, walking up and down the streets of Gold. Ask any equally corrupt Black Y-town preacher

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11Cassie(88 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Youngstown Municipal Court has been a total dump for over fifty years--and Mayor Williams thinks Judge Kobly's comments are "inappropriate". How long are judges, attorneys and the public supposed to wait for a clean, safe, functional court? If this matter had been addressed when it should have been, the city would not be facing the expenses they face now to do the right thing. I suggest that the Mayor take some trips to other cities of comparable size to see what a Municipal Court should look like. I also suggest that he spend some time in the anteroom of the courtrooms when court is going to be in session to see how dignified the the dispensing of justice is in Youngstown.

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12Nunya22(315 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Why put judgement on Tracee only person who can judge her is god. And last time I checked when going to church it's suppose to be come as you are it doesn't matter what you wear to church in gods eyes as long as you praise him. If you go to a church and you are judged upon making bad looks at you or someone else that is not the church for you t be attending.

As for dress code of the court you are aloud to dress down appropriatly for certain things. Take a look at a few court tv shows and see how some people are dressed up and some are dressed down.

The real issue is how the court wasn't prepared and how one family was attacked and had to defend themselves.

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13Silence_Dogood(1215 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

"It's so shortsighted and bigoted to pretend this is a black problem"

Over the last THIRTY YEARS 95% of ALL homicides in the City of Youngstown have been commited by a group of people that makes up less then 10% of the population.

GoNEO you just might have myopia.

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