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Former school board member charged with DUI



Published: Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 11:48 a.m.

Former school board member charged with DUI

YOUNGSTOWN

A former Youngstown City School board member will be back in Youngstown Municipal Court June 17 for a pretrial on a single charge of driving under the influence.

Anthony Catale, 26, of Bears Den Road, appeared Monday in municipal Court for arraignment on the misdemeanor charge. He pleaded not guilty and was given a personal recognizance bond and the new court date.

At about 3 a.m., Saturday police were called to McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue on a report of a man in the drive-through, asleep in his vehicle. Police knocked on the car windows to wake Catale and when he opened the car door, they smelled alcohol, a police report states.

Catale could not stand without leaning on his car and refused a breathalyzer test.

Catale served one term on Youngstown Board of Education, including two years as president. He didn’t seek re-election to the board and ran unsuccessfully for a city council seat in 2011.


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1TERRAPINST(307 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

My God who cares

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2CShaughnessy(3 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

How desperate is the Youngstown Vindicator that this would make the paper Two days in a row, surely a reporter could go out and find a better story, or could it be someone at the Vindicator has a personal problem. Maybe a better story would be how Anthony took care of his dying grandma night and day, or how he devotes many hours coaching track and basketball, for free. Or when he taught at a school that the children couldn't have attended their events if he didn't go out of his way to find them rides, or take care of a student who's grandma had medical issues and Anthony took him in, getting him to school, dr. appts. etc. , never asking for a dime, the list could go on and on. Everybody makes mistakes in their lives. The Vindicator seems to want to ruin lives.

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3bbillings755(1 comment)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

@CShaughnessy- A better story might be the number of times Catale got out of similar situations. People talk in this town. I've heard several stories from buddies who are on the force. It is only a matter of time before he hurts himself, or worse, someone else! He may do some nice things, but the minute you get behind the wheel after drinking, you must be held accountable. It seems to me that he is doing a fine job of ruining his own life without the help of the Vindicator.

I find it ironic that the Vindicator only mentions his former position with Youngstown, but failed to mention his current employment at HFS. Parents and students have been complaining about him since the start of the school year. This kind of behavior surely won't be tolerated--especially considering the cost of tuition.

Based on your post, it is clear you are close to him. While everyone does make mistakes, you should be spending less time concerning yourself with what happens to be on Vindy, and focus your efforts on getting him the help he clearly needs. He must learn from this mistake, rather than throw a pity party because it is in the paper. Keep in mind, he was an elected official who did have an important job. If you don't want that type of scrutiny, don't run for office. Not to mention, he is a teacher which means he should be held to an even higher standard. Making excuses will do little to hold him accountable, and prevent situations like this from happening again!

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4JoeFromHubbard(1069 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

If he was asleep in his vehicle and not driving, he should retain a competent defense attorney like OJ Simpson had.

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5StupidIsAsStupidDoes(1 comment)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Whoa- what happened to only God is perfect and the idea of forgiveness? The courts will work out his judgement.

He has been an exemplary teacher at HFS, the kids love him and have not heard one complaint. He is the only male teacher on staff besides gym. He coaches, does journalism, stays after for tutoring, attends mass, etc., and until this mishap has been a stellar addition and mentor especially for the boys.

He took it upon himself to write a letter to the parents of students re his error and spoke in class to the students in near tears. This is a young man, a teacher who learned a lesson. Hopefully,
a lesson our children will also benefit from.

His commitment to education has been outstanding in this Valley. We hope HFS and the community can forgive transgressions as The Lord intended us to do.

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