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Boardman police watching for violence at mall carnival

Published: Fri, May 18, 2012 @ 9:24 a.m.

Boardman police watching for violence at mall carnival


The township’s police chief said two uniformed officers will be stationed at a carnival at the Southern Park Mall this weekend after rumors of violence surfaced on social media.

Chief Jack Nichols said he and Supervisory Special Agent of the Youngstown FBI, Jon Holloway, who heads the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force, met with mall personnel Thursday to plan additional security.

Although specific details haven’t been discussed, the most common rumor is that there’s a plan for retaliation for the Tuesday murders of 17-year-old Juanetta Franklin and 20-year-old Pako Lacey.

The chief says the department takes all threats seriously, but social media has helped rumors spread quicker than ever before. In the past year, rumors on social media have caused police to add security near supposed targeted locations of violence and in January 2011, officers responded to Boardman High School when about 300 students were absent because of rumored violence at the school.

“With social media and texting, everyone adds their own piece to the story, so it doesn’t take much to get a community whipped into a frenzy,” Nichols said.

The addition of Boardman officers to the mall grounds is a change from Nichols’ earlier position that officers would patrol the streets near the carnival, close enough to respond immediately if needed. He said he wanted to take extra precautions with the rumors.

Eric Bates, co-owner of Bates Brothers Amusement Co. which organizes the carnival, has said uniformed security guards paid by his company will patrol the carnival.


1mrblue(924 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Try to have something enjoyable in the area and the thugs will ruin it. It happens almost every time.

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2DwightK(1181 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

This event needs an entrance fee to keep the riff raff out.

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3boardmanres(40 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Keep the fear alive. Spread some rumors on the social media and then watch everyone hide.

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4msfreeh(6 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

google headline to see full story

Nichols says bombing was FBI op

Detailed confession filed in S.L. about Oklahoma City plot

By Geoffrey Fattah, Deseret News

Feb. 22 2007

The most shocking allegation in the 19-page signed declaration is Nichols' assertion that the whole bombing plot was an FBI operation and that McVeigh let slip during a bout of anger that he was taking instruction from former FBI official Larry Potts.

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5danikytn(242 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Time to enforce a dress code and charge for entry, the thugs and thuggettes are creeping farther south. I cant even imagine what the atmosphere at local festivals will be like this year...what a mess.

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6bsdtwd(40 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Past behavior is indicative of future behavior. Ytown thugs will arrive via Market St, Southern Blvd, South Ave or West Blvd. Also known as the Shoplifting/Burglary/Robbery Expressways. They'll cause the usual problems that drain the resources of Boardman and ruin everything they touch or interact with.

msfreeh: it's 2012. Your Tim McVeigh conspiracy is right up there with the fake moon landings. Wake Up Fool or the aliens will abduct you again to conduct experiments to understand how a human being can be so DUMB. Maybe they'll keep you and take you back to the Alpha Centauri exhibit of stupid life forms from Earth.

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7zz3(877 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Unfortunately, the days of having normal fun in Youngstown or surrounding areas are over. The low life, high crime rate winners, and cockroaches are taking over. Our law enforcement is fear struck to target the crime because it targets a group of people and they will scream bloody murder if you mess with them. And just "ax" any of them and they'll say that they are fine upstanding citizens, don't pay attention to their 2-page rap sheet by age 17 and 4-5 kids. They'll call Jessi or Al that they are being picked on while they and their little cockroaches ruin an area like the plague. I would not put it past these "fine upstanding go fearing people" to retaliate after all for this sect of our population it's like their baseball. My advice: get a concealed weapon license and even the playing field. God bless Florida.

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8CantStandYa(107 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I drove by this festival this week and my child asked me if we can go.

I told my child no, because it has become too dangerous at the carnival due to the fact that Youngstown has nothing to steal or ruin anymore so the people that live on the other side of midlothian come to our township to steal things and ruin everyone elses fun.

Its not the Blacks, its not the Whites, its just hood rats from Youngstown. I refuse to take my children to places where these ANIMALS gather in groups.

I go places to spend my money where these ANIMALS are not allowed to go.

Call me whatever the hell you want to call me, my kids will grow up working hard for things they get, behaving properly in public and private, not acting like ANIMALS just because their parents arent around, and knowing what and where to stay the hell away from. BECAUSE I DONT LIE TO THEM.

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9walter_sobchak(1752 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Law enforcement will waste time and resources with a DUI checkpoint on rte224 one mile south of the mall tonight and get 2 or 3 idiots who are dumb enough to get caught in one when, every year, they have constant issues with carnivals and festivals. Not a wise use of resources.

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10Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

"".....the most common rumor is that there’s a plan for retaliation for the Tuesday murders of 17-year-old Juanetta Franklin and 20-year-old Pako Lacey.""

So someone has to know who murdered the two or else how can you have a retaliation? Who are these young wanna b gangstas going to target? Innocent citizens trying to have a good time, children, rival gangs, etc.
What pitiful little waste of human DNA these animals are....

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11WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago


You're an effin' idiot if you think OVI checkpoints do anything other than funnel overtime pay to public union employees, raise money for the local coffers through fines for petty offenses, hassle citizens that are harming nobody and diminish our protected liberties and freedoms by forcing us to submit to intimidation by the jack-booted Johnny-law thugs.

Any moron that thinks an OVI checkpoint is saving their family deserves deportation to Korea.

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12Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago


"...and get 2 or 3 idiots who are dumb enough to get caught in one".

And that 1,2 or 3rd idiot might just be the one that could possibly KILL a innocent person, a baby, a child, you, your family, your children, your parents, your friends, and on and on.......is it worth it?? You decide.


"Any moron that thinks an OVI checkpoint is saving their family deserves deportation to Korea."

I would love for you to say that to the families that lost loved ones to drunken drivers! I would love to see your look them in the eyes and say what you did IDIOT!

Read the sad stories of these families that lost there Loved ones to a DRUNK DRIVER!


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13WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago


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

-Benjamin Franklin

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