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Wedding reception goes wild in Girard

Published: Sat, May 22, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

Staff report


A wedding reception will be memorable for a newlywed couple from Struthers — but not in the usual way.

Police charged the groom, Dustin A. Beach, 24, with felonious assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident Saturday night at Mahoning Country Club. His bride, Ashley A. Drvoledic-Beach, 20, was charged with disorderly conduct. Both are of 51 Highland Ave., Struthers.

Police gave this account: Several calls were received about a fight in the parking lot at the country club. When police arrived, they found a 33-year-old club employee bleeding profusely from the face and nose. The victim, of Youngstown, told police he had tried to stop Beach from damaging club property and was assaulted. He told police that Beach beat him around the face.

An officer approached Beach, who was being detained by others at the reception, on the west side of the parking lot. As the officer tried to get control of Beach, the bride ran toward the officer, yelling and pulling the officer away. The officer freed himself; then the bride threw herself on top of the groom. The officer tried to get the bride away, but another man grabbed the officer and then he, too, was pushed away. At one point, the groom’s grandmother approached officers and wanted to talk to Beach.

The crowd, numbering about 15, surrounded the two police officers and yelled obscenities. Pepper spray and batons were used on the crowd, who had interfered with officers, police said.

The officers managed to get Beach onto the ground, where he was handcuffed. By then, backup had arrived from Liberty and McDonald police departments along with an ambulance.

Once placed in the cruiser, Beach continued to kick, curse and threaten police, officers said. At the scene near the fight, police found a small bag of marijuana.

Police noted that the victim’s injuries were serious enough that surgery was needed. The victim provided police with photos of his injuries that included fractures of the nose, eye socket, sinus cavity and injuries to his jaw, teeth and vision.

Beach was in Trumbull County Jail on Sunday and Monday and arraigned Monday in Girard Municipal Court. A preliminary hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. June 2. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

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