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250 arrests, 147 guns tallied in 2011 Mahoning Valley anti-crime initiative



Published: Wed, November 30, 2011 @ 12:20 a.m.

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Steven Dettelbach, left, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Warren Police Chief Tim Bowers were among law-enforcement participants on hand Tuesday for an update in Warren on the Violence Gun Reduction and Interdiction Program.

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By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

Another 147 firearms were seized from the streets of Youngstown and Warren during this year’s V-GRIP initiative, 106 of them from Youngstown, 41 from Warren.

Ten indictments were filed in federal court, as well as scores of others in state court, and 250 people were arrested on warrants, said Steven Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, who got the Violence Gun Reduction and Interdiction Program going in 2010.

Last fall, Dettelbach reported that V-GRIP had removed 150 firearms — 114 from Youngstown, 36 from Warren. The work resulted in 15 federal indictments and 600 arrests in 2010.

On Tuesday, at a news conference in Warren City Council chambers, Dettelbach introduced the dozens of federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies that participated in V-GRIP.

These are the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, ATF and DEA, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Adult Parole Authority, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, Youngstown and Warren police departments, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force and Trumbull County Probation Department.

V-GRIP made its first appearance in Youngstown in 2003 and greatly reduced homicides and other serious crimes that summer.

V-GRIP brings agencies and resources together for increased patrols and targeted enforcement activities. Dettelbach described targeted enforcement as “working together to identify the worst of the worst and to work our way methodically down the list of those people who are the most dangerous to our community.”

“Every single federal and state law-enforcement agency involved here demonstrated over and over again that they care only about getting guns and criminals off the streets — not about turf,” he said. “This is really the anti-turf effort because nobody here has been concerned for one second about who gets credit. It’s more just about who gets arrested.”

Dettelbach pointed to the Sept. 1 arrest of two Pennsylvania men on McCartney Road in Youngstown as being among the more successful efforts this year.

Officers arrested three men in a Jeep Cherokee trying to sell seven shotguns and three rifles in the city that they had stolen from a home in Enon Valley, Pa., earlier in the day. They were Billy H. Gray Jr., 44, of Enon Valley and Troy D. Hockeyberry, 29, of Ellwood City. Both were prohibited from possessing firearms because of previous felony convictions.

On Sept. 3, Mill Creek Park police arrested Jeremy Betts, 26, of Campbell after finding him in possession of a sawed-off shotgun that he had concealed in a stroller that was carrying a baby.

In both cases, the suspects are being prosecuted through the federal courts.

Dettelbach said his office is also working on a anti-gang initiative in Youngstown that includes “Operation Forecast,” which involves the Youngstown Police Department, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority and social- service providers sharing data to track crime trends.

Warren Police Chief Tim Bowers thanked U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott for working “side by side” with his officers and sheriff’s deputies.

The V-GRIP concept has grown since its start in 2003 and is now being used in other communities, especially Toledo and Lima and Cleveland, Dettelbach said.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The culture takes a slight hit but they are rebounding nicely . With 24/7 idle time they dedicate it to crime . More needs to be done to force them to work for their monthly stipends . Now toward the end of the month when money runs out crime escalates . . . ..

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2smokey9911(6 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Stan you are the problem in Ytown. Every day you have some disparaging comment about the City. Why. Don't you leave??? If your not part of the solution your part of the problem. I'm sure you sit in your nice little home in Boardman or Austintown and have all the solutions to our issues. Why don't you go to the South Side and mentor a young child who needs direction or work in the shelter and help a man or woman who is down. Yes our city has problem but quit hiding behind Hulk Hogan and do something or be quite and stop being a smart alec downer!

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

smokey9911 :

"Stan you are the problem in Ytown. "

So then smokey that comment makes you part of the culture . Things are comfortable for far too many such as yourself and they desire no change . After the spent bodies fall there are plenty more to support things as they are .

I have the solutions and has expressed them . More industry needs to be brought to town . Youngstown is not very receptive to any new job creation . Let's start by taking Idora Park with eminent domain and turning it into an industrial center . I have stressed right along that we should be manufacturing goods for export . Assess the needs for the world and manufacture goods for them . We need plenty of the raw materials and goods that they have to trade .

My ideas are looked upon by the liberal leadersip as rocking their boat . Yep, the people are owned and locked in squalor . . ..

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4kensgirl(604 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The mentality (or lack of) in these criminals is amazing. To hide a sawed off shotgun in a baby stroller with a baby in it is horrific! That thug needs to go to prison for the rest of his life. I can't even imagine doing something like that! This poor child will eventually grow up and continue the cycle if that's all he/she sees during childhood. I NEVER mind paying taxes to help others. With all the criminals out there why can't we build more prisons and actually MAKE these thugs STAY there instead of a slap on the wrist? Youngstown needs jobs and I'm sure there would be a line a mile long to obtain employment in these prisons. It's obvious that free healthcare, food assistance etc, etc. doesn't work. It only fuels the fire. No incentive to go out there and actually work. This isn't rocket science. We have to send a message to the next generation.

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5Superstar7(122 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Focus on the problem & not the symptoms:
1. Drug test all those occupying Federal housing. Positive test means they are removed. Let them occupy another region.
2. Cut all welfare & Medicaid to all convicted of any crime. Let them occupy another region.
3. Round up the 100s of teens occupying city streets during school hours. Release them to the parents after a large fine is paid. Use the money to employ more Police, buy equipment, pay for these urban occupiers legal & housing expenses.
Do you want our region made safe or not?

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Jeremy Betts

"On Sept. 3, Mill Creek Park police arrested Jeremy Betts, 26, of Campbell after finding him in possession of a sawed-off shotgun that he had concealed in a stroller that was carrying a baby."

COOL DUDE . . ..

http://www.myspace.com/bispimpin/

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7redvert(2064 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Any guess on how many of those 250 arrested are already back on the street. My guess would be at least 75%

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8redvert(2064 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Stan, smokey is working on a followup. He may have something by days end but it will no doubt just be a rehash of his previous comment.

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9captdinger(108 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Stan, looking at what 'smokey' has to say is just an example of what's wrong in the valley, because of ignorance of what is actually happening in the valley and typical valley rhetoric spewed forth daily by the Hagans, Ryans's, etc. "smokey" continues to keep his head buried in the sand and actually believing what he is told.

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10Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"On Sept. 3, Mill Creek Park police arrested Jeremy Betts, 26, of Campbell after finding him in possession of a sawed-off shotgun that he had concealed in a stroller that was carrying a baby."

This is the perfect example of a typical animal roaming the streets. No brains and only thinking of himself. Nothing but a waste to Society until he's caged up or six feet under.

Smokey

Stan isn't the problem in our city. Get upset at the useless trash that is roaming our city preying on innocent victims. That is our problem not Stan. Mentor a child on the South Side? Why I thought that was the responsibility of the Parents to do that, why should society? Get upset at them not Stan. If they want children then they should be responsible to bring them into this World without the help of Society. But their not and it's always society's responsibility for them. That has to stop. How many young moms are out there having babies time and time again with so many different fathers. Way to many. That has to stop.
It's societies problem when the moms could care less what the child does and ends up killing, robbing INNOCENT victims. That is who you should be upset at, not Stan.

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11kensgirl(604 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Totally agree. Why not use SuperStar's tactics? Sounds plausible. Too many liberals and bleeding hearts out there though to see it gets done. Tough love is what it took to raise my generation and tougher love is what it will take to raise this one.

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12One_Who_Stayed(237 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Superstars tactics make for a good sound-bite, but unfortunately, there are a ton of holes in this logic:

1. Drug test all those occupying Federal housing. Positive test means they are removed. Let them occupy another region.

a. Who exactly would pay for all these drug tests?

Last I checked, Clinical labs don't test anything for free, and that's before you get into the problems of paying people to monitor the conditions of the test (watching them pee into a cup to make sure the pee is actually theirs and so forth).

Let them occupy another region. . . hmmm - lets put them all onto a bus and ship them off to the wilds of Canfield, or maybe North Dakota - I hear there's a bunch of empty land up there. Of course the good people of Canfield or North Dakota probably wont appreciate that too much, but who cares - they're not here anymore.

2. Cut all welfare & Medicaid to all convicted of any crime. Let them occupy another region.

a. Again - which region would that be?
b. And when they show up on the Emergency room doorstep (because these folk don't tend to be too healthy to begin with) do we just let them sit there till they die - rendering them no longer a problem to us). Just wondering, since we cant even seem to turn away illegal aliens - much less US citizen welfare cases.

3. Round up the 100s of teens occupying city streets during school hours. Release them to the parents after a large fine is paid. Use the money to employ more Police, buy equipment, pay for these urban occupiers legal & housing expenses.

a. How would these parents (who clearly don't even give a damn about what their kids are doing - much less being bothered by having a job) pay this large fine? Tell you what - why don't we confiscate their "Rent-A-Center" living room set and sell it to pay off their fines. Then we could hire 1/1000th of a police man. 1000 more and we could have a whole cop!

And before everyone starts yelling about what a whining liberal I am - let me make it clear that I don't give a tinkers damn about these poor welfare cases - I just would like me or anyone else to come up with an actual solution that can be done rather than a good sounding completely un-doable fairytale about how hard core we should be.

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13lumper(281 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

youse mighta gots them, but youse aint's gots me. just axe me, eyes tell ya.

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14VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

With the culture we currently have here in the Valley, no industry is willing to invest here. For the level of workers required, we have far too many unemployable people...too many issues to weed thru...too many people with too many criminal records who cannot pass a background check. Don't blame industry, blame your community.

If your community accepts shoplifting from the corner store, buying cigarettes and beer with food stamps, allowing employees to call in sick when they are not, letting vagrants and prostitutes loiter in parking lots and street corners, shooting and robbing people in church parking lots, blaming police for crimes and then cutting their budgets, and having some of the lowest rated schools in the state, then don't expect industry to come running to your door begging to set up shop and bring in a thousand jobs...that's just not going to happen. There are far too many other communites in other states willing to buy industry's move to their locations. Look at Chiquita Banana for example. When you look at all the opportunities, why would ANY industry want to move here?

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15VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I just had a family member accept a job...in Pittsburgh of all places. He started Monday. He applied last spring and had to submit 26 pages of documents, go through a background check, take a written test and submit to a drug test. Because of the market, he cannot sell his house, so he will have to rent it out and eventually buy another home in the Pittsburgh area.

Another friend of mine is struggling at work since two more employees left with no replacements. My friend says he does not know how much longer he can hold on as the workload is now killing him. His employer cannot find qualified help in the area and they are considering consolidating with offices in another city.

My wife came home and announced her work place is firing 2 employees for not showing up for work. Now they will have to go through the process of finding good potential employees who can pass a background check. The breakup of families in The Valley continues and our losses are mounting. So sad.

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16Kswift1(3 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Kens Girl and Lifestoshort you two have got to be the most immature ignorant individuals that I have never met and certainly am I glad of that first of all to you Kensgirl you say he should get life for having the gun in the stroller., and Lifesto short you say Mentor a Kid isn't that the parents job both of you are very unrealistic and ignorant to life yes mentor a child parenting is the parents job have you ever heard that it takes a village to raise a child or maybe not cause your head is to far up your butt Kensgirl you don't have any offenders in your family that has made mistakes and are remorseful oh of course not cause you live in this perfect little world world with Ken Both of you need to get a reality check If you do not know this young man don't judge him. he is a wonderful,caring and loving father to his daughters he just made a mistake and he is very remorseful for it. you two need to get your HEADS OUT YOUR ASSES AND COME TO THE REAL WORLD WITH THE REST OF US.

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