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Couple sues city of Campbell over son’s injuries

Published: Tue, October 16, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report


A Youngstown couple is suing the city of Campbell for $7,500 because they said a police dog charged their 8-year-old son, gripped his arm and dragged him to the ground Nov. 26, 2011, as he played in the yard at his grandmother’s Campbell residence.

Miles and Angel Assion of Rush Boulevard, Youngstown, said their son, Patrick, suffered bruises, anxiety and nightmares after the dog, named Storm, charged him while being walked by John Gulu, an off-duty Campbell police officer.

Campbell Police Sgt. John Rusnak said shortly after the incident that a police dog can’t differentiate between a boy running while playing and a fleeing criminal suspect.

But the boy’s mother said the dog should not have been off his leash.

The lawsuit, filed Monday by Atty. Charles E. Dunlap, said Officer Gulu “was negligent for not having Storm properly restrained.”

The case is assigned to Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Saying he had not seen the lawsuit, Campbell City Law Director Brian Macala declined to comment.


1michael1757(279 comments)posted 2 years ago

They also have to stop wasting street sealant,the black material,used to patch the crack's. That zig-zag on 6th street,next time you go east on 6th,notice it,all those squiggly tar line's,well,they don't fill very many crack's. Maybe 15% of the crack's are filled. There's 3 puddle's of sealant on the west side of 6th,near the corner,by that guide wire for the pole,Look the next time you get the light.

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2michael1757(279 comments)posted 2 years ago

The thing is,was that dog told to attack,or just take on off his own,at large? Don't those dog take order's,commands? Someone need's to pay,& Campbell,it look's like you owe them at least that...maybe more. Anyway,They also have to stop wasting street sealant,to patch the crack's. That zig-zag marking on 6th street,next time,notice it,all those squiggly tar line's,on sixth street,well,they don't fill very many crack's. Maybe 15% of those crack's are filled. And the one's that really need it,aren't.That's very wasteful,& that's taxpayer money your spreadin' out there.There's 3 puddle's of sealant on the west side of 6th,near the corner,intersecting with McCartney,by that guide wire for the pole,on Look the next time you get the red light.

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3boxerlover(127 comments)posted 2 years ago

Maybe the reason they don't ask for more is because they are honest people and only looking to pay their son's medical bills, not get rich as in other cases. Good for them and I hope they get what they are looking for as well as funds for continued treatments as necessary as this child deals with the trauma.

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4hollywood(94 comments)posted 2 years ago

if it wasnt a police officer dog the police would have cited the owner and took the dog. that officer dnt need the dog. this is crazy. cambell is lucky it wasnt my son!

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