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Police probe fatal shooting in downtown after bar fight

Published: Mon, November 12, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

32-year-old killed by gunfire near Warren day-care center



By Jeanne Starmack



Police continue to investigate a shooting Sunday in downtown Warren near a day-care center that left one man dead and another injured.

Marco Dukes, 32, died at a Cleveland hospital after the 10:30 a.m. shooting on Elm Court Northeast, a small side street between a duplex at 156 Elm Road NE and the Cuddle, Hugs and Kisses Day Care.

The day-care center was not open Sunday until noon, according to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast news partner.

Another victim, Larry Smith, whose age was not available, was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Neighbors said a passerby on her way to church picked up Smith and drove him there. The hospital had no information on Smith’s condition Sunday night.

Police reported Sunday night they had two people in custody, but they had not been charged.

Sgt. Jeff Cole of the Warren Police Department said he did not know how many people were involved, and he said police do not yet know a motive for the shooting. Neighbors said that about eight people were involved after an argument at the Sunset Lounge about a block away on East Market Street.

“It escalated and came up here,” said Debbie Keene, the owner of a business across the street.

Keene said she called to check on a resident at the duplex, who recently moved in.

“It had nothing to do with the people that live in the house,” she said.

The Warren City Council unanimously objected to the Sunset Lounge’s liquor license renewal in August. Councilman Greg Bartholomew said then that police received 22 calls since the bar opened in March for fights, vehicle theft, a traffic accident, suspicious vehicles and people, distrubances and alarms.

A relative of Dukes’, who did not want to be named, said Dukes “had just gotten his life together.”

She said his family just observed the 10-year anniversary of his brother’s death, and his son just had his 13th birthday a few days ago.

Dukes lived on the east side of Warren, she said.

Dukes has an extensive criminal record in Warren Municipal Court dating to 1999.

The record includes traffic, drug and weapons charges and an aggravated robbery charge.

In 2004, he was charged with two counts of felonious assault.

He was accused of shooting two people at a home on Woodbine Avenue Southeast on June 18, 2004.

Warren City Councilman Eddie Colbert, D-7th Ward, said he believes the shooting illustrates the need for the city police force to replace retiring officers and for it to beef up its narcotics unit, according to 21 WFMJ-TV.

Also, a Good Samaritan on her way to observe Veterans Day at a church was the one who spotted the second victim bleeding near the street. She drove him to TMH for treatment, and said she has a blood-stained seat as a result, WFMJ also reported.


1southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Why include the deceased man's criminal record? Let him RIP.

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Because this article is about a murder. You can't sugar coat it. It's cold hard facts. There is nothing wrong with including his criminal record, because I'm sure it had to do with the shooting. This was not just a random shooting.
Nothing wrong with showing COLD HARD FACTS that shouldn't be swept under the rug.

Save the tributes and condolences for the Obituary and funeral articles.

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3CongressWatcher(225 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Right in downtown Warren. Really good for business. Just the kind of place I want to take my family. Get a grip mayor and make a BIG deal of this and stamp the violence out in your community.

Warren City Council does not let anyone speak at their meetings that is not from Warren. So, listen here. Either clean up the random violence in your town or simply board it up. Just a thought from an outsider who USED to take his family to events in Warren.

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4PRECLUDED(1 comment)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Adverse publicity is not welcome as the cities affected by economic downnturns are recovering. Warren should be given credit for the gains that they are making and not having their issues portrayed in a bad light. Implying that the deceased was in some way responsible for his demise is bad journalism. Our justice system makes use of rehabilitation and Marco had paid his debt to society before his death. His killer now owes a debt to society and that is where the blame should be focused.

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5BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The printing of someone's criminal record is not placing blame on the individual. It is merely the statement of a fact. To say it is bad journalism, coming from people with no journalistic experience, is misguided to say the least. The victim is no longer with us and when you leave here all the public, and those in the news business, have to go on is the record you leave behind... good or bad.

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6cheybaby2(103 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Fact Are Fact's Marco was In and Out of Jail & Prison Thats A Fact. My son knew him & his Family. Thank god my son is Out Of State, I personally told Him, He is going to be Killed Hanging with Them. Drugs is a Huge problem In warren and Surrounding area's rather you Use Or sell It. Its dangerous and Stupid and Very Poor Judgement. Criminal activity is way at the top here . You better have protection if its large dogs or fire power.No one is safe. Even In the Best Neighborhood No One Is safe they dont care who you are or where you live., They Dont Care If Your Young or Old.,. If You Live by the Sword , you Die by the Sword. Thats a Fact.......

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7DontBanThisDrone(1036 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

His fate was sealed the day he was born in Warren with the last name Dukes, lol.


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8msweetwood(179 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

In my decades of journalism, I've never seen the family of a dead man who was renown for his unselfish good deeds and positive contributions to the community, complain that we ran his record in the newspaper after his death.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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9Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Complain to WKBN also for running his record. It's FACTS! And PUBLIC FACTS at that.

Dukes’ history includes long stints in prison and about 30 local arrests.

Court records said Dukes has been arrested about 30 times for different crimes. He was last arrested by police for possessing marijuana and pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 15. Dukes also filed a police report Sept. 24 because someone flattened the tires on two vehicles.

He was sent to prison for one year in February 2011 for possessing a weapon as a felon and carrying a concealed weapon.

In 2004, Dukes was involved in another shootout. Records said he shot two people, Marlayne Wesley, 18, and Michael Wilson, 23, on Woodbine Avenue S.E., then was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center to be treated for his own gunshot injuries.

He was later sentenced to six years in prison for the shooting.

Dukes was charged three other times with felonious assault. In 2003 he was cleared by a Trumbull County grand jury and in 2002 he was sentenced to 10 months in jail on the charge. He also pleaded guilty to discharging firearms in 2001, a charge amended from felonious assault.

Dukes was also sentenced to six months jail in 2000 after being convicted of cocaine trafficking. He also has convictions for having weapons under disability, criminal trespassing, carrying concealed weapons, domestic violence and resisting arrest, all since 1999.


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