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2 teens arrested in Boardman brawl

Published: Wed, April 18, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

Staff report


Township police have made two arrests — and expect to make more — in connection with a large fight in Boardman Park that was recorded and posted online.

Police Chief Jack Nichols said two teens are charged with aggravated trespass and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, for their roles in the March 31 melee.

The teens are a 15-year-old male from Canfield and a 17-year-old male from Boardman, according to police reports.

Both cases will be heard at the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

Police arrested the Canfield teen Friday and the Boardman teen Monday. Both were brought to the police station by their parents for booking and released into their parents’ custody.

Nichols said he stands by his earlier directive of charging as many people as possible who took part in the fight.

“We could arrest everyone in the crowd and charge them with criminal trespass” if they are identified, Nichols said.

The online videos can be used as evidence and already have helped police with identifying participants, he said.

The fight drew an estimated 100 teens and young adults last month to a wooded area in Boardman Park, behind the Target store. At one point, a man, who appeared to act as a referee, dropped a gun into the middle of the brawl, reports state. Police said they later recovered a loaded gun in a nearby stream.

During the investigation, officers have found at least two videos of similar fights that occurred in the past.


1fcb(463 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

COME ON!!!!! Growing up in Youngstown there were fist fights between kids (both guys and girls) every day. You fought till one of you said you "had enough" then both went their separate ways. Also every kid in the area would stand and watch till it was over. It's NO BIG DEAL!!! You are going to give these kids police records for some thing that's done every day all across America!! How many of you police officers were in fist fights before you became adults? Go after these cowards that pull guns and shoot some one because they are to scared to fist fight with them.

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2taxme(361 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I agree. Kids havebeen fighting for years. Im more concerned with the kid with the gun. Arrest him his mother and if he knows who his did is him too!

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

A fist fight away from the Public and others standing around watching and they want to arrest everyone. Was no riots or a all out brawl. They should worry about the young wanna be gangstas with the guns and drugs that threaten the innocent citizens then a old fashion stupid fist fight.

The idiot with the gun should be arrested and his parents charged. Always as to be one stupid fool in the crowd.

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4DwightK(1537 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Did you see the video? Those Boardman girls were really slapping each other hard when they weren't pulling hair. I suspect there may have even been a broken nail.

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5Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Are you kidding me? You think this is OK? Imagine if it happened in Youngstown, all of you hypocrites would be crying for justice. Can't you read? There was a LOADED pistol there that was obviously not registered to anyone there. Now imagine if it was used on somebody and a teen got killed - then what would you have to say for yourself.

By the way, these aren't kids. These are young adults who are capable of making their own decision, no matter how idiotic if may be. Parents of these Boardman heathens need to teach their kids respect and honor.

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6cityslicker(21 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

If this happened in Youngstown all of you would be calling for the heads of the parents and all of the kids involved. What a bunch of hypocrites. Are you forgetting that there was a guy there with a loaded gun?! C,mon people just because you may have did it when you were young dosen't mean it was right.

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7taxme(361 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

These wernt just boardman kids. Report said the 2 fighting were from canfield and boardman. Id say there were kids from nearby communities and schools. as well I think one report said there was a 30 yr old officiating the fight. It will be interesting to see where the a-hole with the gun is from. The two who got caught will snitch on him and others.

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8DwightK(1537 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, i can't wait to see who the referee was. That guy better go to jail for waving a gun around kids.

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9Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Dwight, can you post a link to the video?

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10yng00128(67 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

shame on the parents.....probably low life thugs themselves growing up......

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11Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

And you think there was only one gun
Get your head out of the sand
They where running through our hood
And that is what we live in the HOOD
with 100 plus kids , with guns running though our hood. Wake up Boardman and stop blaming others . IT IS US

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