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Gun prank leads to charges for Canfield mom, son’s friend

Published: Thu, January 12, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.



By Elise Franco



Canfield Shooting 911 audio
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An 18-year-old Canfield man is charged with felonious assault after he put one bullet into a gun and fired it until the bullet discharged, in what he called an attempt to scare his friend.

Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci said Marc Z. Hood, 18, of Canfield, was charged Wednesday morning with felonious assault and tampering with evidence. He’s accused of shooting 18-year-old Sean Swegan in the stomach with a .38-caliber revolver.

The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 238 W. Main St., the home of Jonla K. Dailey, 52, Colucci said.

Swegan, of Canfield, was released Wednesday afternoon from St. Eliza-beth Health Center.

Colucci said Hood admitted getting the gun from his grandfather to scare the victim as a prank.

“Hood loaded one bullet into the gun, hid in a closet, and when the victim walked into the room he jumped out and pulled the gun out,” he said. “He then proceeded to ‘dry fire’ the gun until it went off.”

During initial interviews with police, all the parties involved, including the victim, said the injury was the result of a bottle rocket hitting the victim, Colucci said.

While at the emergency room in Austintown, the teens told doctors the injury was a gunshot wound suffered during a robbery in Youngstown.

Both claims were determined to be false.

“They said they lied because they were scared and didn’t know how to handle the situation,” he said. “They were also trying to protect [Hood.]”

Shelton A. Dailey, 17, Jonla Dailey’s son, was referred to Mahoning County Juvenile Court for complicity to felonious assault, and tampering with evidence.

Jonla Dailey is charged with tampering with evidence. Colucci said Jonla Dailey made the 911 call to police and lied about what happened.

The police chief said it’s possible two other 18-year-olds who were at the scene will be charged.

During the 911 call, Jonla Dailey is heard telling the dispatcher that the teens were upstairs playing with bottle rockets when one went off, hitting the victim.

Later in the call, while on hold, Jonla Dailey said to someone in the background, “Try to straighten up the upstairs as much as you can in case them police get here. We’re in big trouble.”

Colucci said Jonla Dailey knew the victim was shot but went along with the bottle-rocket story.

She and Hood were arraigned Wednesday evening in Mahoning County Area Court here. No pleas were accepted because the charges are felonies.

Hood’s $20,000 bond was continued, and he is in Mahoning County jail. Dailey was released on her own recognizance at the request of Nick Modarelli, an assistant county prosecutor, and Canfield police, because of custody issues involving her 14-year-old daughter and her ex-husband.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Nothing but useless animals....that can't even get their stories straight.

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

How do you guys get through the day being so kind . It must be your high intelligence.

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3YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This does not seem like a "prank"

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4YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

If this had happened in Youngstown the Vindy would have called it "Attempted Homicide". When it happens in Crimefield it is poo pooed as a "prank".

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5YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

What about the guy "Muth" from Crimefield who was growing all that dope in his place and being investigated for shooting up someones house?

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6YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I have to work in both Youngstown and Crimefield. I promise you I feel much safer in Youngstown

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7YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Hey Criemfield! you pay all those taxes to have a Police State cracking down on everyone, making peoples lives miserable, yet THEY CAN'T PROTECT YOU FROM CRIME....HA HA!!!!!!!!!

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8Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


"I have to work in both Youngstown and Crimefield. I promise you I feel much safer in Youngstown"

Oh I'm sure you do....I could go somewhere with this comment but I'll be nice....smh

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9youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Crime happens everywhere, but whereas in Canfield something like this is extremely rare, this is commonplace in Youngstown. Trust me you can't be sane and feel safe driving through the war zone (south side or east side) at most times during the day!

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10foxyglo(372 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


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11AtownAugie(891 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Jerry Springer's producers will be contacting them soon....

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12steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This idiot puts a single bullet in a gun,hides in a closet to wait for his friend/victim.

The victim comes in the room the idiot pops out of the closet,points the gun at his intended target and dry fires the gun until a live round goes off and hits the victim.

That's no prank !!!
Had the idiot not kept pulling the trigger until a live round fired that might have been a prank but he continued pulling the trigger knowing a live round was going to fire.

I call that an intentional shooting with the intent to cause serious injury or kill.
Doesn't matter where it happened be it Youngstown,Canfield,ect...it's a serious crime !

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13Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

You never point a gun at anyone you do not intend to shoot. Accidents do happen but when you load a bullet in a revolver and point it at someone and pull the trigger until it fires what does one expect will happen?

Did he think the gun would go bang and nothing would come out of the barrel?Welcome to the theater of the absurd.

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14300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

How dare all of you heartless people write these things!!! This is a tragedy! This isn't stupidity, and these aren't a bunch of idiots paying the price for being irresponsible, this is a tragedy.

Stupidity no longer exists, and there are no such things as idiots anymore. Only victims of tragedy.

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15kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Not only is crime everywhere but so is white trash. Not to mention section 8 housing. Canfield IS safe but there's always going to be low lives living amongst us. This family is a good example. Believe me Canfield police know exactly where the local criminals live and their names. They are leeches on society and a waste of tax payers money.

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16legend33(169 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

oooh, its getting a little dark in Canfield!
Kim Kotheimer, former Boardman PDer to the rescue

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17Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


"This is a tragedy! This isn't stupidity, and these aren't a bunch of idiots paying the price for being irresponsible, this is a tragedy."

It's not a tragedy fool, it's "STUPIDITY". Geez your not the sharpest tool in the shed are you?

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18FKNDISTURBED330(8 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

These idiot kids do crazy stuff like this because they have grown up being set on a pedestal and protected and mostly no recourse for their actions. Perfect example here where the crazy oxy eating mother lies to 911 to protect her degenerate children from the law..

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19FKNDISTURBED330(8 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The comment from derf5983 is on point.
Look who now lives in canfield,The low-Life himself."Kelly Pavlic". Need i say more? lmao

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20YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Hey Vindy:
Why don't you get your collective behinds up to Maag Library and read some real books on Propaganda. Your current attempts at it are inane, juvenile and embarrassing. Do some basic study on proper creation, presentation, diffusion, of Propaganda. You have some readers out here who are educated and are becoming seriously disappointed that you can't even live up to the most basic standards of American Media Propaganda. SMALL TOWN RAG under the national spotlight. BLECH!

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21300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Lifes2short, honestly? You couldn't tell that I was being sarcastic?

I was making a reference to a previous article where an idiot did something very idiotic and paid the price for it. I was subsequently called out by people as being insensitive to the victim and his family. I tried to make the point that stupidity doesn't equal tragedy.

This case appears to be entirely different for some reason.

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22kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The Vindicator has been hurting for money for a long time. Anymore it's putting in stories just to get the attention and the WOW factor. Let's see who we can drum up hate for next . I know! The Kardashian's just bought Drew Carey's old house on Rt. 62 and are planning to live there with Lenny Strollo now that he's out of the penn. And Casey Anthony was hired to babysit the Kardashian kid. How's THAT for a story?

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23Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

300 - - -It is a tragedy for the kid who was shot in the stomach and stupidity on the part of the shooter one may argue tragically stupid.Too many video games who knows.In this case the kid knew the gun was loaded.

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24walter_sobchak(2721 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

You're an idiot! Why do you blame the citizens of Canfield for having so much police protection. As this occurred inside the city limits of the city of Canfield, our PD is handling it. We pay a 1% income tax to fund our city services. The Mahoning County sheriff has a station on the green because they patrol Canfield township, which does not have its own PD. This is the donut around the city so it makes sense to have the station in the geographic center of the township. The OSHP has its baracks in Canfield because it is the geographic center of the county just as the baracks in Lisbon is in the center of Columbiana county. And, we have plenty of black families in Canfield. There is a family around the corner from us and their daughter would come over place to play with our kids when they were younger. If they can afford the house and taxes, what's the big deal?

But, here's the difference. In Youngstown, this shooting is just an everyday occurence. In Canfield, it is big news when someone gets shot, even if it is white trash!

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25FKNDISTURBED330(8 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Anyone know if this crime would involve mandatory jail time with a gun spec. or a slap on the lil pricks bum?

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26YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Sure is easy to blame the poor. Rich people do that sort of thing to hide their crimes.

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27YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Who is making all the money off the Section 8 housing in Crimefield? Rich White People!

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28FKNDISTURBED330(8 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"Rich White People" are irrelevant in this case.Section 8 = incompetent trash of any race.The real focus in this story is the pathetic parenting skills.

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29YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Why do the wealthy white people of crimefield allow so much corruption in their precious little town? because someone is MAKING MONEY from it.

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30YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

No , sir.....Poor parenting skills are not the focus of this article. Heinous crime in a small wealthy town IS....

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31FKNDISTURBED330(8 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

It absolutely is poor parenting,we would not be reading this if a parent or relative had enough common sense to use a gun lock when they know they have degenerate children running amuk.As far as a small wealthy town,it is a big story for a small town. Just an FYI you shouldnt compare Youngstown to Canfield at a criminal level.No comparison.Most trash in Canfield is moving in from Youngstown.Example,Kelly Pavlik.You can take the rat out of the hood but you cant take the hood out of the rat.Sorry,just human nature.

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32FKNDISTURBED330(8 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

True,however most would re-prioritize that list a little differently.lol

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33Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


I bad......

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34YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Actually "KensGirl" (I assume your name must be Barbie) I don't hate anyone on your crappy lil high school girl wish list.
HOWEVER, there are some serious issues Crimefield must face. I have to be there several times a week. This valley will not improve unless that town gets its affairs in order. I'm getting sick of this sordid bleed out that is occurring weekly. I have plans to move to Crimefield but that is now in serious doubt. My reputation is dubious enough without the its influence.

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35YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

DISTURBED lives on the lower west side...HA

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36YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


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37YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Vindy...^^^^^^^^....take a lesson........this is how you write a headline

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38endthismess(464 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

You people are so far past pathetic. Negative, narrow minded, caustic "citizens". For Pete's sake. GROW UP.

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39kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Actually YtownArtist - I'm probably twice your age, that's why I'm so fed up with haters. The older you get the more experience you have behind you and thus the less you tolerate. I'm tired of all the negative attitudes and destructive sentiment. And don't ask me what I've done to correct things. I've put in my time believe me. As I've said before, the only people I have a problem with are thugs and people who constantly bash the police. And people like you who belittle women to try and make themselves feel like a real man. I'm from Youngstown born and bread. I don't back down pal.

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40YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

get off your high horse kensgirl- i mean barbie...you seem to be one to dish it out but -ah you know the rest....i put alot of time an money into crimefield because it is suppose to be a safe place to live and work...
quit sticking up for the police and politicians of criemfield who can't get their acts together enough to keep that town in order. not to mention they are all highly paid.
when a teenager boy shoots another in youngstown it is immediately reported as gang and drug related. i've been around long enough to smell the stench of real crime. this was not a prank

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41YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

PS kensgirl.....your 'victim' mentality suits you well...so typical a youngstown attitude.

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42YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

one more thing ken's girl-i mean barbie, i would bet my pile of $1 winning scratchoffs that you are a man posing as a woman on this site.

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43legend33(169 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Get rid of the fire chief as well!

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44YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

kensgirl....why would you assume that i am a man?
maybe i am a woman who wants to feel like a man by 'belittling' women? you seem to watch alot of dr. phil, ken'sgirl....being twice my age you must have watched alot of oprah and phil donahue as well. love Love LOVE the cheap psycho-analyisis !!!!!!!!

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45YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

someone should make a list of all the politicians of crimefield and every official involved with the case.
and post it here

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46MOBG93(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Or someone could just make a list of artists in Youngstown/Canfield who can't spell and/or troll the internet. Should be a pretty short list, most of the artists I know at least can fake being educated.

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47MOBG93(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"I have plans to move to Crimefield but that is now in serious doubt. My reputation is dubious enough without the its influence."
Hilarious, by artist do you mean comedian?
I'm sure the people of Canfield are meeting now to make darn sure whatever happens in the next 20 years, that "YtownArtist" wants to live there---it's likely their top priority.

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48weddings(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I would like to know how it has been deducted ,from this article, that the family is white trash on section 8 housing? It sounds to me like the teenagers have lied to the hospital and police. So what makes you so sure they did not lie to the mom too? Maybe they really lied to her as well? What ever happened to being innocent until proven guilty?

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49weddings(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Steelhead..The articles do not report that she was the shooters Grandma. The shooter was her son's friend . The shooter got the gun from his grandpa at a seperate house and brought it into this womans house.I have listened to the 911 tape very closely and if you do, and you are not a person quick to judge, you could come to a different conclusion.
As far as painting the house everyone keeps saying they are renters. Painting the house is not her responsibility, it is the landlord. I think people have been to quick to judge. Furthermore, how is Canfield a good police agency if they released a 911 tape prior to someone standing trial? That should never have happened!

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50YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

@mobg69 well yes, in fact, at times i am a comedian..
sadly i am not laughing about crime field. if the services are so great, why the onslaught of trouble over the past several months?..looks like that things are waaayyy out of control. how about you going down to the police station a la occupy wall street and staging a protest?

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51kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

YtownArtist - last time I checked my plumbing I was a girl. I don't have to pretend I'm something I'm not - I'm way too secure in who I am. In case you're wondering I never watch Oprah or Dr. Phil. I've worked in the criminal justice system and in the psych field for a number of years and know my stuff. I won't apologize for it no matter what immature names you may call me. Talk about high school mentality! You're a bully who found a woman who won't back down from her beliefs. Sticks and stones may break my bones but men with...... oh never mind. You can figure it out. Or CAN you?

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52weddings(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

steelhead...an educated person can tell you are bull headed, as your name suggests and narrow minded. If in your words you can tell the house isn't well maintained, maybe they were not cleaning up a crime scene...perhaps she was just tidying up the house because law enforcement was going to be inside? And isn't it winter in Ohio?...why would you be cutting the grass? There is always more than on conclusion to everything. And it seems to me that your conclusion is wrong since it was reported that the gun was not hid in the house. 911 tapes are not a matter of public record...check your laws...especially when it is a part of an ongoing investigation. It doesn't change the facts that an 18 year old put a bullet in a gun and shot it at someone else. But who ever said 18 year olds make wise choices. That would bring up another argument on how can the United States consider someone 18 an adult...when the brain does not fully develope until at least 21. There is no excuse for the shooter...but maybe the others were just scared kids. And just because someone does not have the money you do ...does not make them hillbilly's . Seems like you wouldn't mind putting locked gates around Canfiels

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53weddings(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Steelhead: You seem to be awful sure in your knowledge. You have the opinion she knew...I am going to take the stance that she didn't. And you still need to read the reports...the gun was not found in the house...check that out. Perhaps you should read some anatomy books. I am confident that you will not find any medical journals that agree with you on the brain not being fully functional at 18. You have basically told all of us in your posts that you live in the vicinity of the house in question and that you have pre-conceived ideas about the people that live here. You also hint to the fact that you could be involved in or have a connection to someone in the area that is law enforcement. hmmm......now comes the issue of fair trial.....No money does not determine if you are classified as a hillbilly. If you check the dictionary hillbillies are people that live in a certain mountain region....Canfield does not fall in that area. Oh and the old atage white trash....I do not even live in the region...but was in the area on business...and that small little community fits the profile perfectly of a community that has a severe case of prejudice, and prejudice is so much more than black and white. Canfield has a serious case of people not knowing how to mind your own business. I am so glad I do not live in an area that has nothing better to do but pass judgement without really knowing all of the facts. Which are not known yet. Because in our judicial systems the accused do not get to be judged on there account of the event and present there evidence, until court, which has not happened yet.
The police have commited such an injustice by releasing to many details to the public. Where I am from...police do not release 911 tapes or the names of anyone under the age of 18. Well I really don't have much more to say other than I am of the belief that alot of you will be eating your words in the end. I am sure there will be something else in the news soon for you to pass judgement on.

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54YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

i absolutely LOVE the vindy message boards!
i should be in bed but i can't quit reading this crap!

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55lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

steelhead say what you want about the shooting,but the canfield fire dept. ,while possibly well trained, is scat. their claim to fame is " only half of our fires burn to the ground ! "

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56FKNDISTURBED330(8 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Trash....I Mean YtownArtist,
Disturbed is not from lower west side,
I live in a great township where the property taxes are higher then the total value of most youngstown homes. Education is second to none and doesnt welcome or permit trash.Im not saying there is not petty crime but i can assure you that it is far safer and more educated.The nearest thug trash would be in Salem. GO Raiders ;)

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57southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Guns are not for scaring people...guns are made to KILL...owners of firearms must understand that fact!

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58sscavel(26 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Canfield is a bunch of "wanna-be's" They hide crime to protect their property value and image -which is going downhill fast! I know real estate and when many people leave Y-town -they head to Canfield to buy your homes that have been hit by the bad housing market! Anyone can move there now and afford a home! It's not what it used to be. It's a parallel world to Y-town. The parent or parents in Y-town contribute to the delinquency of their kids, just as the Canfield parent(s) do! Talk about justice coming to Canfield!

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59Bman(151 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"Hood’s $20,000 bond was continued, and he is in Mahoning County jail. Dailey was released on her own recognizance at the request of Nick Modarelli, an assistant county prosecutor" Aren't prosecutors supposed to put people in jail and not ask for their release without bail?

Typical county prosecutor...someone is involved in a shooting and the prosecutor is being lenient. MACEJKO TO THE RESCUE! Macejko would not be asking to recog anyone involved in a shooting, whatsoever.

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60redgpgtp(37 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

LMFAO.....This is soooo funny. Just an example of what people will go through to blame the poor areas of town when it's happening in their own backyard. Also the pot found in the what, $400,000 house there a few weeks ago. Goes with all the house and garage thefts happening in Boardman, Canfield, and Poland that you rarely hear about in the vindy or local news. What a bunch of hypocrites.

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61Bman(151 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Vindy.com loves the suburbs and is designed to protect the urban-flight that drives the local economy. So redgpgpt, Vindy will do as much as they can to protect Canfield's rep...even though a shooting and major drug bust occurred there recently. One would believe all types of other crime is occuring there as well?

Thank goodness for the west side...at least I can drive somewhere safe.

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62nutz666(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The lil' bastard pulled a pistol with 1 round in it and squeezed the trigger until it fired!!!!!!!!!!! This is attempted murder.
I live just a short distance from Canfield, have Grandkids attending Boardman. I have seen how Police in both communities avoid arresting Juvies and young adults for so called lesser crimes. Crap,I say.Parenting is parents responsibility. Don't give your child anything they have not worked for. Just because you have hugh amounts of money to throw away, doesn't mean that you buy a kid a 30 or 40 or 50 thousand dollar car. You spoil them and make them feel entitled to all of it. To much is freely given and little earned.

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63shultzy(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

He is not a punk and has not been given any dang thing. He is a kid who was a big jokester and pulled an horrible and stupid prank. Believe me since this stupid prank, he now knows that he has put his life in jeopardy...so stop speculating and think if this was you...and it could be...just leave him alone.

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