By John W. Goodwin Jr.
Police have arrested 24-year-old Clyde Hudson after a brawl in city hall last week, but Hudson’s problems with law enforcement extend far beyond the punches thrown outside a courtroom.
Hudson, who lists addresses on Cook Avenue in Boardman and Idlewood Avenue in the city, was arrested Monday by Boardman police on a warrant charging disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. He is in Mahoning County jail.
Earlier this month, Melvin S. Shaw II, 18, of Idlewood Avenue, was arraigned in municipal court because of his reported role in the shooting death of Tracee Banks, 17, and attempted murder of Ohio State University football recruit Jamel Turner, 18.
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 after the fight.
Police said Hudson was a major contributor to the violence taking place after the court proceedings. His photo is on display at the entrance to the city’s police department asking guards to alert authorities if he appears in the building or city hall.
Hudson’s recent problems with police actually begin in February when he was indicted on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, improperly handling a firearm and felonious assault.
He posted a $60,000 bond and walked out of jail in February but has had numerous run-ins with law enforcement since that time.
According to the city prosecutor’s office, police have conducted a half- dozen controlled drug buys at the home Hudson uses as his address for electronically monitored house arrest.
The address was subsequently raided for drugs in April.
Prosecutors say Hudson also is being charged with tampering with a water meter in an alleged illegal water tap.
He was charged this week with aggravated menacing and illegal possession of a weapon after an incident with a woman earlier this year.
Bond was set at $160,000 in the most-recent aggravated- menacing charge.
Prosecutor Jay Macejko said the crimes with which Hudson has been charged since February could have been prevented if his bond had been set higher for having a gun.
He said illegally possessing a gun, however, is not considered a crime of violence under the county’s prisoner-release program, so Hudson was able to make bond.
“The biggest problem here and the way we can address it is to start tailoring who stays in jail. You can’t just look at what a person’s current charges are. You have to look at the history,” Macejko said.
Macejko said his office looks at each accused individual and argues to have that person incarcerated or released on bond on a case-by-case basis.