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3 teens charged in fight, baseball-bat assault

Published: Wed, July 28, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.



  Fight in Warren


Police arrested three teenage boys Tuesday morning and charged them in a fight that left a 15-year-old boy in critical condition with a head injury suffered when hit with a baseball bat.

Of the three, Johntee Daniel, 16, faces the most charges — two counts of felonious assault and one count of assault, a misdemeanor.

Jovan Daniel, 15, is charged with one count of felonious assault; and Shawdon Flowers, 15, is charged with one count of complicity to felonious assault.

But Warren police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Cole and the assistant Trumbull County prosecutor handling the case, Stanley Elkins, won’t say which of the three is the boy seen in a video captured on a cell phone, assaulting Verdarell Lowery, 15, of Logan Street Southeast.

Elkins said the charges filed relate to three assault victims.

Verdarell remains in critical condition in Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Cole said.

Verdarell was struck while standing in the middle of a large fight on Brier Street at Duke Avenue Southeast about 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday.

Though it appears in the video that Verdarell was not fighting anyone at the time he was struck, Cole said it appears that the reason Verdarell was struck was because he was part of an ongoing feud and because he was “a participant in a fight.”

Cole said that it was important to the investigation that Detective Michael Currington receive a copy of the video.

Police initially had trouble getting the video, even though it was aired on local television last week. Currington received a copy Monday.

Detention hearings were planned Tuesday and today in Trumbull County Juvenile Court for the three boys charged. A detention hearing determines whether the person will be held in the youth lockup while their case is heard in court.

Sometime next week, each youth is expected to have a plea hearing, which is similar to an arraignment in the adult court system, Elkins said.

If convicted on the charges, each teen could be kept in juvenile detention up to age 21, Elkins said.

Family members brought the teens to the police department Tuesday morning for questioning, and police later transferred them to the juvenile-court building on Main Avenue Southwest.

Elkins said no juvenile has been charged as an adult in Trumbull County in at least the past seven years.


1fess2it(30 comments)posted 6 years ago

These boys should be charged as adults and they can and should arrested anyone who was there and did nothing to stop it, especially the girl with cell phone taking the video if she did not call 911.
As for you, Animal, welfare checks only last 3 years and there are many definitions of what constitutes as a family.

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2Stormieangel(136 comments)posted 6 years ago

Welfare lasts only 3 years? Hmmmm So what do they do after that....get a job?
As for these kids...yes, they should be tried as adults. Kids know the difference between right and wrong. And at 14 on up, they can surely think for themselves and make decisions that are right..or in this case, that are wrong. I don't know what the answers are for these kids but don't go blaming society for the ills. Where are the parents? Parents need to be held responsible to some degree and yet, you can't watch the little buggers 24/7; however, right and wrong needs to be taught from day one and parents need to be involved with their kids. Get rid of the TV, the texting, the computer. Raise your kids; don't pawn them off on others or expect the TV to babysit them. Parents, WAKE UP and be responsible to the job of raising your kids. Otherwise, use birth control and not have those kids that are a pain in you rump, your social life, your whatever.
Everyone that was involved in this feud is guilty to some degree. The ones that came to watch....was it fun seeing someone else with his head split open? If so, you are just as sick as the others involved!!!!

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3Fairminded(20 comments)posted 6 years ago

Points well raised Stormieangel. Welfare and welfare checks have nothing to do woth the issue at hand. That's just ANOTHER attempt at name calling. WPD successfully identified the accused. They should very easily be able to identify the onlookers who did nothing but egg this situation on. Every teen that appeared to give a statement should also be identified in the video as to their roll in the incident. This is clearly a serious matter. So serious that EVERY parent of EVERY teen needs to be required to appear to explain their whereabouts!

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4lefty83(313 comments)posted 6 years ago

dj,i ask that everyday.laquesha

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5Fairminded(20 comments)posted 6 years ago

Sorry to disappoint you dj but my name is Susanne ....ski. That must make you feel like such a 'Big Man' to be able to name call from the sofa of your trailer.

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6mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years ago

As I stated before, these thugs and their parents should have the book thrown at them. If all they get is a slap on the wrist, the police will be arresting them again real soon for other crimes. Right now the punishment should be quick and harsh. The courts need to get it right.

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7Nunya22(315 comments)posted 6 years ago

Why are people bringing up welfare and making fun of their names?

Isn't the big issue why was they fighting and almost killing this boy?

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8Fairminded(20 comments)posted 6 years ago

Exactly what stance do the so called "Black Community Leaders" need to take? Haven't these individuals been arrested? Isn't it the law who needs to take over from here? This is clearly NOT a black/white issue. Yes, the mother and her/or her friend did play the race card after she could not produce the video. But WPD has since received the video and the arrests have been made. So I ask you again mrrjytown... what do the "Black Community Leaders" need to do? Sometimes we need to set asside being racist and FOCUS on the issues at hand. After all WE, in our infinate wisdom brought them here, right mrrjytown? They have their leaders and we have our Tea Party movement, right?

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9JimmyB(18 comments)posted 6 years ago

I don't think that their first names are an issue...It's their last names that get my attention.

They're both the same. It takes some extra effort to raise not one, but two criminals to become a burden on society and possibly ruin someone else's life.

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10ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 6 years ago

They're just going to grow up to hit someone again but it will be with a bullet next time! Fry 'em! They obviusly don't care about anyone. I am sure when they went into the police station they acted like billy bada$$e$ because they are too hard to show that they are sorry or are they too dam stupid to feel sorry?!

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11JimP(3 comments)posted 6 years ago

I reside in Warren and the main questions I have is, where were the fathers...in fact, where were the parents during this nonsense. The victims mother was quick to get in front of the camera, but where were you when the fight started? Where were you when they fought the week before? And as far as the 'Black' Church leaders...you're a joke! One of the biggest pack of hypocrites in the city. The raise a big stink when the three girls get expelled two years ago, but when no one else is to blame but your own culture, you're silent! And to make matters worse, this assault happened two blocks, from their office...yeah, 2 block!!! They didn't do any proactive work and no reactive response!! Ministerial Alliance - What a joke!

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12lucky(2 comments)posted 6 years ago

Wow, the comments here are really something!
Warren is WONDERFUL! Keep your kids in your own yard- keep them from getting hurt or hurting someone else. Pray the young fella has a speedy recovery.

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13Fairminded(20 comments)posted 5 years, 12 months ago

It's amazing to me just how quick we are (censoredship, ELPolloRetrasado, mrrjytown) to call these kids "urbanites, animals, thugs etc..." For those of you who are throwing these names around, I would LOVE to know how you labeled Jordan Brown the 11 year old from Pennsylvania who shot his dads' PREGNANT fiancee in the BACK OF THE HEAD with his shotgun killing her and proceeded to catch the bus to school. Remind us again what names you called this kid????????

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14Fairminded(20 comments)posted 5 years, 12 months ago

All I hear are excuses for Jordan Brown. No video tape needed. What we do have is the DEAD BODY of an exspectant mother and the DEAD BODY of an 8 month old unborn baby. I sure would hate to see what he would've done had he reached that emancipated age.The court system clearly did not see Jordan Brown through your eyes (thank God!) I say we forgive convicted killer Jordan Brown (because he was not old enough to drive a car.) Right censoredship? After all even though his crimes were MUCH worse, he is white!

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