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Men arrested after shooting

Published: Thu, August 11, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Two men accused of firing off shots and terrorizing a South Side neighborhood Tuesday afternoon remain in Mahoning County jail today.

Police arrested Jeffrey Jones, 29, of Stewart Avenue, and Shannon Kelley, 32, of Garfield Avenue, after a shooting and clash with police just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on Avondale Avenue on the South Side.

Both men were arraigned Wednesday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court.

Jones, who prosecutors say has a previous arrest for drug trafficking, is charged with carrying concealed weapons, illegal possession of a weapon, possession of drugs and failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer. Judge Kobly set his bond at a total of $150,000.

Prosecutors said Kelley has a lengthy criminal record that includes drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and taking the identity of another. He is facing a felony burglary charge after Tuesday’s melee. Judge Kobly set his bond at $50,000.

According to police reports, a citizen stopped a city police officer and two agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, saying someone was shooting at the intersection of Lucius and South avenues. Officers arrived at the location and saw an SUV — with Jones driving and Kelley as the passenger — speeding away.

The officers began chasing the two, but both men jumped out of the SUV in the 700 block of Avondale and began running. No one put the SUV in park and the vehicle rolled on its own, coming close to striking a woman and her children who were walking home from a nearby playground. A resident put the vehicle in park after it hit a tree.

Reports say officers chased Kelley down the driveway of and into an Avondale home. Police say the woman who lives at the home told Kelley not to come in, but he entered the house anyway. The woman later told police she does not know Kelley and was fearful for her children when he ran into her house.

Officers ordered Kelley out of the house and he complied. Police arrested Jones in the rear yard of another Avondale home.

Police did not find any guns on the men, but did find a loaded .380 caliber handgun in the bushes near a house the two men ran past. Reports say police also found a plastic bag of suspected crack cocaine on Jones while he was being searched before his arrest.


1cheybaby2(102 comments)posted 4 years ago

Lock them Up throw away the key, Enough trash on the streets of Ohio

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2michael1757(386 comments)posted 4 years ago


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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

This matter will be fully investigated by city hall to determine if there may possibly be a crime/drug problem on the SouthSide .



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4Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years ago

Typical afternoon on the south side. Such useless animals.

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5andrew1967(36 comments)posted 4 years ago

grown men acting stupid,

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6kman18(14 comments)posted 4 years ago

For all you ignorants out there,

My wife and I each have a masters degree with full time jobs and we live in the heart of the southside. Stop perpetuating the stereotype that EVERYONE is a thug, animal, criminal etc. You people do nothing of help for the city but rather continually feed into the bad of it. Media and negative individuals are what keep Youngstown a "bad" place. So, do yourself and the city a favor and keep your uninformed, pessimistic thoughts to yourself.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

kman :

"Media and negative individuals are what keep Youngstown a "bad" place. "

So, if you dont hear the tree fall in the forest that means it never fell . On the same level if they invade your home and the Vindy doesn't print it that means it never happened . Can anyone adjust to this logic besides kman ?

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8kman18(14 comments)posted 4 years ago

It means that you, and everyone else that CONTINUALLY talk trash about Youngstown will continue making outsiders believe that EVERYONE in Youngstown is involved in criminal activity. There are actually people that care about Youngstown and ALL its people and want to help it. Are we not all created equal?! Stop viewing yourself better than the "hoodrats" of Youngstown and actually produce some change rather than foolish, worthless talk.

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9kman18(14 comments)posted 4 years ago

Open ur eyes once in awhile when you drive. There are people on every street that take care of their property, some streets more than others. The point is, don't make such an ignorant comment

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

kman :

We have tried the old there is nothing wrong approach for many years . It is not getting better but is getting badder . Now it is so bad that even those involved in criminal activity admit that something needs to be done . Silence isn't golden and it accomplishes nothing . I and many others are getting fed up with the slaughter .

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11kman18(14 comments)posted 4 years ago

Exactly! I am fed up to!! Shut your negative trap and DO something besides talk!!!

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12Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years ago


"Stop viewing yourself better than the "hoodrats" of Youngstown and actually produce some change rather than foolish, worthless talk. "

And do you think your better then the "hoodrats" or are you on there pitiful level?

And what do you propose that be done?

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

kman :

So far the city hasn't been receptive to the idea of putting the pioneers of societal restructuring to work . We could always start another war and send them to the front lines .

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14kman18(14 comments)posted 4 years ago

No I don't think I am better, hence we are ALL created equal.

I propose people who actually care move into Youngstown. The only way to change it is one person, one street, one neigborhood at a time. Not easy, however it is better than being on the outside and doing nothing but complaining.

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15Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years ago


We are ALL created equal, but then you have choices in life, and if you think your equal to the morals,principals, ethical of "hoodrats" then your just as bad as them. I'm not equal to them because I have respect for others. You need to stop with the political correctness concept. Good examples are the ones in this article. No respect for human life. And you feel your on par with them?

"I propose people who actually care move into Youngstown."

And for what reason? To get robbed, killed, harassed, etc. Youngstown was a wonderful place to live, people respected others, community was super, houses were kept up, etc. So what happened?? Everyone knows what happened. Perfect example is the Houser case, his parents threatening witnesses! Get real. The norm is you don't snitch. And until the innocent ones on the south side take a stand there is no hope for that war zone. Gun shots is almost a daily thing over there. So your proposal is for a family to move in Youngstown? The mayor and others would never live there. Pitiful. You have to do better then that.

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