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Chief Foley remains determined to curb gun violence in the city

Published: Tue, October 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Chief Foley remains determined to curb gun violence in the city

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



With five murders in 22 days and a Monday shooting that sent two men to the hospital, Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley said the department will continue all efforts to curb gun violence in the city and ensure the safety of residents.

Tequon J. Sharpe, 20, of East Judson Avenue was found shot in the head Saturday with his infant daughter crawling near his body. The next day, Jack T. Manigault, 40, of 23 E. Avondale Ave. was shot in the head and killed in what police believe to have been a lovers’ quarrel.

Joshua T. Davis, 17, of 135 Willis Ave. was found shot in the left cheek and upper right groin in front of his home Sept. 17. Quest Waggoner, 22, of Inverness Avenue was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on a living-room couch in his home Sept. 22. Two days later, Duane L. Colvin, 32, of East Florida Avenue was found dead in a field Sept. 24.

Police are also now investigating a South Side shooting that took place Monday afternoon in the 500 block of East Lucius. One man was shot in the leg, and another man was shot in the chest.

Both men were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, with one man listed in critical condition as of Monday night.

Police confiscated a video camera on which part of the shooting was captured. The footage is being held as evidence.

Police have made arrests in the Waggoner and Manigault murders, and those suspects are awaiting court dates.

Foley said police do not believe that any of the recent murders are directly related. He said the goal is to catch those with guns before they have the opportunity to commit violent crimes.

The chief said the department, this past weekend when two of the murders were committed, conducted another enforcement sweep to catch illegal drivers and those carrying illegal firearms. The enforcement effort included the Ohio State Highway Patrol and a dozen Youngstown police officers working overtime.

“We did another sweep trying to catch people riding around in their cars with guns. We are out there doing everything we can, everything we have always done,” he said.

The department, Foley said, is looking for grants, working with neighborhood groups and reaching out to other departments for additional ideas on curbing gun violence and controlling wayward youth.

The chief said the department is willing to do all it can to stop overall violence in the city, but it comes down to changing the mindset of people — and that, he said, is difficult.

“We are out there trying to get the guns off the streets and increase our visibility, but I can’t change people’s hearts,” he said. “Violence for some people is a way of life. We are trying to get people to change their behaviors, and that is the hard part.”


1valleynative19(52 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure Chief Foley is committed to stopping the violence in the streets of Youngstown.....but it's escalating in a hurry it seems, time for Foley to up the ante and bring his A-game to the table before it's too late!

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"We are trying to get people to change their behaviors, and that is the hard part.”

That right there is the biggest problem. They just don't care for human life only what benefits them. Time to stomp out these diseased cockroaches.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

“Violence for some people is a way of life."

Yep and we subsidize that way of life with welfare dollars . Let's teach them another way by generating jobs and forcing them to work . Jobs in the hoods linked to a central factory is my dream of a solution . . ..

TWENTY FOUR SEVEN IDLE TIME BREEDS CRIME ! Let's end the nonsense and restore dignity and a purpose to the city .

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4kensgirl(1037 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Chief Foley will try his hardest. He is a good man but the bottom line is that the family unit is gone and until we get it back crime will continue to escalate. Good luck Rod. We're behind you.

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5DwightK(1522 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The problem is young men who want respect for doing nothing more than fathering children and selling drugs.

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6pgurney(296 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The crimes don't seem to be related???

Of course they are related. Can anyone say SOUTH SIDE?!? It's time for us, who live on the south side, to look out for each other, and work together.

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7steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I wish the chief well and believe the police are trying but how effective can they be when judges constantly return violent thugs to the streets ?

Another man has lost his life at the hands of a criminal on probation for a felony crime.
Had he been locked away where he belongs Mr.Manigault would still be alive.

We keep hearing how overcrowded the prison system is and how expensive it is to build new prisons.
I agree,prisons are crowded and I don't want my money going to building a nice comfortable facility for thugs to sit around plotting new crimes.

Why not recommission a few navy ships,float them out to sea and let the thugs live and work there ?
And if they want to escape let them.
They can feed the sharks.

Those ships were home to the men who defended this country and if they were good enough for them the're certainly good enough for thugs and criminals.

Ready made escape proof prison where the thugs have to work and be self reliant to live.
Something most of them know nothing about.
I for one don't give a rats ass about their comfort,free college degrees and recreation.

They are in prison for punishment not a vacation.
Make prison a miserable enough experience and maybe these pukes will think twice before murdering or robbing someone.

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