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Struthers woman punches mom, spits on cop, damages police station, police report

Published: Wed, October 19, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

Staff report


A woman faces charges after she punched her mother, resisted arrest and damaged police-station property, police report.

Michelle A. Martin, 30, of Geneva Street, was charged Monday with assault, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, vandalism and aggravated menacing.

A friend of Martin’s, Ondrea Kurylak, 29, of Aspen Drive in Youngstown, was charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

According to police, the charges stem from an argument Martin had with her mother over Martin’s 6-year-old son.

Martin’s mother, Marlane Kotch, 58, of Overlook Avenue, told police Martin called her Monday and asked her to pick up the child at school because she had to work.

Kotch did, and around 3:30 p.m., the boy asked to call his mother, she told police. After two hours of unanswered calls, Kotch took the boy to Martin’s house. Kurylak was passed out on the couch, Kotch told police. The boy went to his mother’s room, found her with a strange man and began to cry, she told police.

When Martin came out of her room, she and Kurylak began laughing because Martin couldn’t remember she’d brought Kurylak to her house, the report says.

Kotch confronted Martin for joking and ignoring her distraught son, and Martin punched her mother in the jaw, the report says.

Martin punched Kotch again, and Kotch and the boy fled to the driveway where she called police, according to police. Martin followed, punched her again and went back inside.

Martin told officers her mother was aggressive, and she hit her in self-defense. Martin became confrontational, however, when officers said her mother was pressing charges, police said.

Kurylak began screaming from the kitchen and was told to be quiet but would not, and she and Martin began struggling with police, the report says.

They were handcuffed, but fought and screamed on the way outside, drawing neighbors out of their houses, according to the report.

Kurylak was put on the ground while one officer helped another with Martin, the report says. Martin spit on an officer and on the cruiser window, according to police.

At the police station, the women screamed so loud the dispatcher couldn’t operate.

Martin was handcuffed to the booking room wall, but still managed to kick the desk, damaging it. She was moved to an interview room where she tampered with a wall-mounted camera, threw chairs and overturned a desk. She also damaged the drop ceiling and spit on the window. She threatened to kill an officer, police said.

A female inmate was taken from the jail for her safety, and two extra officers were called out during the arrests, the report says.

Martin and Kurylak were taken to the Mahoning County Jail, ineligible for bond on the felony charges until their arraignments, expected this morning.

Kotch has temporary custody of the boy, and Mahoning County Children Services has been notified.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Gettin close to Halloween and the Subculture is gettin feisty . . ..


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2ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Is this a story about humans or wild animals?

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3Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

In this case I think wild animals who should not have children. I am sure with her interaction with the stranger in the bedroom she will end up with child number 2.

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4ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Stay classy Struthers!!

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5foxyglo(372 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago


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6kensgirl(1056 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

This is why kids are the way they are today. Whack job mother and no father. As long as we keep listening to Oprah who states that marriage is obsolete we are heading toward a nation of animals. Maybe this kid will grow up and shoot BB's at kittens!!

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7Mooneygrad72(42 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

At least she didn't lie to her mama -- she was a-workin.

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8Superstar7(122 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

It's Struthers.
Expect anything to change?
It's a Union town & this is Union behavior.
Decades of these situations in Struthers, Campbell, East & South Side.
Vote FOR the state bill & possibly this underclass will be replaced by a hard working, Non-Union population that will take employment without Union demands & take pride in their communities. Atlanta, Charleston...the cities of the New South-learn from them!

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9AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago


You are so full of it. Trying to connect this with unions, REALLY????? How IGNORANT IS THAT??
Its statement like that, blaming unions for stupid behavior at home, that make YOU LOOK FOOLISH...

Like the is no crime in a nonunion city or state. Canfield, Poland, Austintown, Niles, Howland have crime. WHO CAUSES THAT??

What is criminal is stupid ignorant statement like yours.

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10ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

You know what Superstar, you are right, we have to blame somebody, I blame Christopher Columbus, if it wasn't for that no good, sea soaked piece of white trash we wouldn't have these problems!! Down with unions, down with the government, down with MADD mothers, down with kindergartens, let's riot! We'll paint Struthers red with anger and red paint of course, think they have any at the ReStore? Superstar, seriously, come on!

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11walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Next time (and there most certainly will beone), the police should show less restraint and use the taser on the two white-trash crackhead b!tches. They want to act like animals, they should be treated as such. But, you have to feel sorry for the son. He doesn't stand a chance.

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12lacatheline(14 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

superstar, what kind of ignorant person are you?? obviously you never worked in a union shop, or ever really worked at all. this had nothing to do with such things, you need to go down south, and join the rebels with their confederate flag. or maybe nazi germany. your kind give our country a bad name, instead of deporting illegal aliens, lets deport ignorant people like you!!

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