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4 jailed after tribute to Chardon victim ends with assault

Published: Fri, March 30, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Elise Franco



A night that began with a toast to the memory of a murdered Chardon High School friend escalated into a beating of another 19-year-old friend.

Nathan Brewer, 20, of Austintown; James Castle, 20, of East Clarion; and Nicholas Nelson, 21, and Anthony Zingale, 20, both of Chardon are in Mahoning County jail on charges of kidnapping and felonious assault in the beating of the victim, also a Chardon man.

Three of the suspects and the victim were in Austintown on Tuesday night visiting Brewer, formerly of Chardon, at his Deer Creek Apartment in Austintown to drink in memory of Danny Parmertor.

Parmertor was killed Feb. 27 during a shooting at Chardon High School. T.J. Lane, 17, of Chardon is charged in his death and the deaths of two others.

“These five kids got together because Danny [Parmertor] was their friend,” said Austintown Detective Sgt. Kathy Dina. “It was one month to the day since the shooting, and they got together to remember him and celebrate his life.”

Dina said they were drinking at the apartment when the victim reportedly became highly intoxicated and belligerent.

According to a police report, the suspects put the victim in the shower in an attempt to sober him up. Around the same time, at approximately 11:40 p.m,, Austintown police arrived at the apartment because of a noise complaint.

The victim stumbled out of the bathroom in a towel, and police asked them all to keep the noise down, according to the report.

Dina said after officers left, the disorder escalated.

The suspects told Dina they began to beat the victim to keep him quiet because he “wouldn’t shut up,” and they didn’t want the police to come back.

“One of the kids started getting upset and started beating him,” she said.

Dina said the men then dragged the victim out of the apartment and put him into their van. “They were going to head back to Chardon and planned to leave him on the side of the road,” she said.

They were pulled over in Howland Township by the Ohio State Highway Patrol just before 1 a.m. Thursday for driving without headlights, said Lt. Brian Holt of the Warren post.

Troopers found the victim beaten and bloody in the back of the vehicle.

“The beating started in the apartment and continued in the vehicle,” Dina said. “If they didn’t get stopped when they did, who knows what would have happened to him.”

Holt said Breathalyzer tests weren’t administered at the scene.

“Under the circumstances of what appeared to be a serious assault, we have to prioritize what we’re doing,” he said. A driving while intoxicated or underage drinking charge is a misdemeanor, while the assault and kidnapping charges are felonies.

The victim was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. His condition was not disclosed, but Dina said he’ll make a full recovery.

Austintown police returned to the apartment after the vehicle was stopped and found large blood stains on the living room carpet, the hallway carpet and on the steps going into the building, according to the report.

The officer said the blood stains weren’t there when he was at the apartment for the earlier noise complaint.

The suspects were held at highway patrol headquarters in Southington until about 11 a.m. Thursday and then transported to the Mahoning County jail. They are scheduled for a court appearance at 1 p.m. Monday in Mahoning County Area Court in Austintown.

“Highway patrol initiated the investigation,” Holt said. “Once we were able to determine the sequence of events, we contacted Austintown police and ultimately decided charges would be filed there.”

Dina said the case still is under investigation, and additional charges against the four men are pending.


1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

great tribute...idiots

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2Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

These 4 are nothing but a waste of human DNA. Nothing but animals!

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3walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Studies have shown that moderate amounts of alcohol are not detrimental to the body and can actually provide some benefits. We have known for centuries that beer and ale is a good method for storage of nutrition. Wines have compounds that have a beneficial effect on the circulatory system.

Certainly, a mature person can drink in moderation with no ill effects. But, there is no good reason to smoke crack or inject heroin. And, the law most certainly recognizes this as there is a mark of .08% blood alcohol content that has been established as the presumptive limit for driving under the influence of alcohol. In this case, we have excessive drinking that lead to a belligerent action. One guy can't stop himself from causing trouble and his buddies merely tried toshow him the consequences of bad behavior. Not a problem with me; hopefully he learned a lesson.

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4JimmyB(18 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Since when are high schoolers 20 & 21 years old? We were out by 17 or 18.

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5HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Alcohol is a curse on society. Taxme is correct. The physical benefits of the legal drug can easily be gotten from substances that don't impair your ability to think or drive. The carnage alcohol causes are far worse than any physical benefits.

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6grog8797(21 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

It doesn't say these kids were in high school, only that they were friends with a deceased high school student.

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7commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Looks like there are some people that can't control thier drinking, so everyone else has to quit also.

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82011jjw(1 comment)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

i know Anthony Zingale and Nate Brewer is my brother. For them to do something like this there is more to the story then what they are telling. They are good kids so the 19 yr old had to of done more than just being to loud. something triggered the fight the news is just obviously not telling the whole story. so i feel that it is wrong to judge what they did without knowing the whole story.

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