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Warren man arrested on fireworks charge

Published: Wed, July 6, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.


Rashad White

Staff report


A 20-year-old Warren man paid a $100 fine, $115 in court costs and another $100 at the Trumbull County jail to post bond after he was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with shooting off fireworks.

Rahshad L. White, 20, was arrested at 2:39 p.m. Monday at 163 Kenilworth Ave. NE after Warren police were called to the residence because of a neighbor’s complaint about fireworks.

The Warren police officer, Brian Cononico, could still see the smoke from the fireworks when he arrived and asked White “if he could please stop lighting off fireworks,” a police report says.

White told Cononico that “Everyone else is doing them, it’s Fourth of July!” Cononico said.

“I agreed with him but advised him that I had a call about his residence and that’s why I was there, and again asked him to stop lighting off fireworks,” Cononico said.

White told Cononico he was not going to stop, so he was arrested and taken to the jail.

On the way, White told Cononico he would “post bond and be back out to do more fireworks before it got dark,” Cononico reported.

White was booked into the jail at 3:48 p.m. and was released at 6:08 p.m. after posting 10 percent of a $1,000 bond.

White pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Warren Municipal Court to the second-degree misdemeanor charge of discharging fireworks, which resulted in a $100 fine and $115 in court costs.

Warren Law Director Greg Hicks said Cononico had no choice but to arrest White, even if other people were also shooting off fireworks in the city.

“I think the officer did exactly what he was supposed to do,” Hicks said. “It was a neighborhood complaint, and that’s the key.”

Hicks said the situation is not unlike a loud-music complaint. Others may also be playing music, but officers need to respond if there’s a complaint.


1lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I hope the police are proud of themselves,and then they wonder why people hate the police, this is a good example

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2foxyglo(372 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago


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3casper77(136 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

You people forget ,Its against the Ohio law to set off fireworks in the state of Ohio. You sign a waiver stating you will not use them in the state. So the police officer did the right thing ,I don't care if everyone is doing it ,its still against the law..period !!!!

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4Wapiti(139 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Finally a police force that had the neccessay guts to do what is right. Too bad other area law informent weren't able to grow some ba_ _ _ and do the same. It doesn't matter if others are shooting off fireworks, it's still ILLEGAL.

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Why you blaming the police? It's the neighbors that should be the ones you complain about. If the cop leaves the 1st time, the neighbors keep calling, and on and on....The police are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Would love for you to walk in there shoes one day.
Keep real people, this officer had no choice!

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6walter_sobchak(2597 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

So, the officer responds to a complaint, asks White to cease his illegal activity, and he responds by refusing to obey the order. A $100 fine is too easy for this idiot. What he needs is cracked across the head with a nightstick for being an ingrate!

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7justiceforall44(1 comment)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Everybody likes fireworks but just this year in PA there was a man who always did a fireworks show that was killed by a mortar that exploded prematurely and in Pittsburgh a house burned down after somebody set off fireworks that landed on a neighbors roof. There are good reasons why it is illegal for common citizens to light off certain fireworks. Like everything else, its fun till someone gets hurt and if you're the one who does get hurt, you'd change your mind about the police and the law.

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8joebag09(342 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

It's the law, he refused to stop....go to jail, PERIOD! I personally think it is a dumb law, but until it gets changed, we're stuck with it!

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9Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

"You sign a waiver stating you will not use them in the state."- - - - - Come on.

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10MattMarzula(109 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Fireworks are illegal in Ohio. Just like Marijuana and human trafficking. The problem isn't selective enforcement. It's the crimes themselves selective reporting. If his neighbours reported the activity, and an officer issued a warning after he'd been caught in the act and offered a break, it is his own stupidity and stubbornness that got him arrested and fined. You flaunt the law, you get arrested. I can imagine not too many criminals think of themselves as being wrong. Otherwise, I'm sure they'd curtail their activities.

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11gpyemm(11 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I personally hate fireworks, so I don't buy them and I don't light them off. I have nothing against people who do though, and it's only one day a year. I suck it up and turn the other way.....the neighbor is the jerk initially, then the guy lighting them acted like a jerk, and ultimately the cop HAD to be a jerk. Whose the winner here? The courts!

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12computer_rick(137 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

The sooner you learn to kiss "the mans'" butt, the better. Half the time, you just get the warning. Works for LOTS of things! I recommend it in EVERY situation with badges and guns involved!

Too bad there are fools who would rather look good in front of friends, than just say "yes sir" a few times.

That cash he laid out in fines, could have bought PLENTY of things to assuage his poor hurt feelings. More's the pity...

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13TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

It's not once a year though. This year, I had people in my neighborhood lighting them off for memorial day, new year's eve, and pretty much the whole week before the 4th as well as still continuing the past two nights.

In an area with vacant homes, it's not a good idea to be shooting off fireworks, especially when the Kenilworth area is also residential.

He's got money for the fireworks. Apparently he has money for the fine.

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14seminole(476 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

He should move to Boardman where the police roll through the neighborhoods and smile at the morons letting them off

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15Bplus(103 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

They need to regulate these fireworks laws a little better. I get that kids and teenagers think they are fun, but truthfully they are annoying. Also, most of the people shooting them off seem to be the ones who SHOULDN'T be shooting them off (kids, teens, delinquents, drunk adults).

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16woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Diddnt John Adams say on July 4, 1776 that this day would forever be celebrated with fireworksby all citizens from coast to coast? Poor guy is probably rolling over in his grave. This is just about as bad as a Highway Patrol officer giving me a seat belt citation when he doesnt wear his. Gotta love America and its slow development into a Communist nation. oh and a money hungry government and law enforcement system Shoot fireworks go to jail kill your two year old child live free without punishment.

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17TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

If he's rolling over in his grave, it's not for the state of firework usage in the United States.

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