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Operation Shield nets 48 arrests so far this weekend in Youngstown

Published: Sun, April 29, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m.

Operation Shield nets 48 arrests so far this weekend in Youngstown

Staff report


Police are making much headway in fighting crime in the city during a weekend law-enforcement sweep, said Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley.

Called Operation Shield, the joint operation includes city police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the FBI, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, Mahoning County Juvenile Probation Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the U.S. Marshal’s Office; the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation; and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.

The weekend patrols kick off the city’s efforts to reduce violent crime over the summer.

Foley said Saturday night that so far, the sweep has netted 48 arrests, including multiple felony arrests.

He said there have been 159 traffic stops, eight search warrants executed, six arrests of people who had guns while prohibited from owning one, and 64 traffic warnings. He said $1,000 was seized during the warrant searches.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Sure helped that Preist on Rayen Ave...NOT!

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2peggygurney(408 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

That priest is one of the reasons they're doing this.

It's a start.

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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Its a start. That's 48 scums off the streets for now.

What Priest on Rayen Ave.?

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4JoeFromHubbard(1532 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

That's all they got, 48?
This time, Joe.
Give them a chance.

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5jbyrd1960(49 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

That's great but all that work and risking their lives for the courts to slap their hands and put them back on the streets Monday afternoon.

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6bmanresident(607 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Instead of Operation Shield, we start an Operation Martial Law. That'll clean up the trash in the city. Operation Cut Welfare, that'll dry up drug money.

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7WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Simple math reveals that over one hundred law abiding citizens were needlessly harassed, detained and subjected to the scrutiny of law enforcement. I'm not sure I see this as a success.

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8Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

It sounds like some of you have a misconception of what Marshal Law really is. Why don't you watch the movie "1984" or go live in China to get a better understanding of what it means to truly give up your rights.

What our city needs is more Operation Shields, a prosecutor that's not afraid to put people away, and a new system of welfare to prohibit leeches from living off the system for generations. Then again, what do you think would happen if those leeches were cut from welfare? Think about it...

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9Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


You have a better idea to get rid of the scum? Your not harassed if you haven't done nothing, maybe a little inconvenience, but what other choices do they have? Why not blame the criminals for you being put out, not the police. smh

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10VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

We have allowed the poor in our country to live the life of hopelessness and many now depend on monthly government checks to sustain their living. Their futures are dependent on public assistance, one generation after another. Our liberal politicians have created a monster we cannot now control. Rather than offering job training, work and self improvement, our politicians have taken the easy road and sent money, just like in nation building programs that failed in foreign countries. We never learn until its too late. Now children grow up learning a new career...crime...and we paid for it.

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11Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Bman @ Operation Martial Law
Boy are you right on this one
Plus we need the Guard also . They have different rules

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12greene(167 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Jobs traing programs? It is called High School

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13MrYikes(14 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The minor inconvenience of the YPD actually enforcing traffic laws is definitely worth a lower murder rate. And based upon the data this program worked very well last summer. I just hope it doesn't become too aggressive...

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14JoeFromHubbard(1532 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


>> over one hundred law abiding citizens were needlessly harassed < <

In the military that is what we referred to as "collateral damage," a byproduct of action required by the mission.

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15WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Looks like we got us a cahmanist infestation here. You un-American morons lack the wisdom and the courage to rightfully bear the precious freedom your forefathers bled to provide.

Those who would trade their freedom for protection deserve neither and lose both.

-Benjamin Franklin

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16dresden(2 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Id like to know how many of those arrests turned into deals cut for informants and how they determined where to look. Because there is a house up the street where every tom dick and harry goes at all hours of the day and night along with loud parties and frequent fighting and the police are called to go there 3 times a week and nothing is ever accomplished. Maybe operation shield didn't come to my neighborhood., or that is where the informants live who sent them somewhere else....

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