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Pavlik fails to show for arraignment, is arrested, released

Published: Sat, September 21, 2013 @ 12:02 a.m.

By joe gorman



Friday had to be a topsy- turvy day for former middleweight boxing champion Kelly Pavlik.

He was due in court at 9 a.m. for an arraignment on a misdemeanor theft charge filed by the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office for an accusation that he refused to pay a $25 cab fare to his Canfield Township home earlier this week, but he never showed.

After waiting an hour and 45 minutes, Mahoning County Area Court Judge Scott Hunter issued a warrant for his arrest. Pavlik was taken into custody, booked at the county jail for the warrant, then allowed to post a $2,500 recognizance bond and released.

His next court appearance is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The charge stems from a ride Pavlik called for from a South Meridian Road bar about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, and he was picked up by a driver for A Cab Company. When the driver reached his home about 10 minutes later, he asked for the fare, and, according to a sheriff’s report, Pavlik swore at the driver and went into the house without paying.

The driver called 911 and met a deputy sheriff at a U.S. Route 224 gas station, where a report was made.

Pavlik said earlier in the week he refused to pay because the cabdriver got lost. The owner of the cab company said Pavlik had been given rides in similar situations from his company before.

In court, his attorney, Damian Billak, had asked for a continuance until Tuesday, but Judge Hunter denied that request.

As media scrambled for his mugshot, it was learned that the celebrity website TMZ also was clamoring for it, and the site did post it and a short story.


1youngstownsteve(84 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Good for Judge Hunter. Pavlik is a bum who is out of control. His is a disgrace and a total piece of sh*t that needs to be locked up and removed from our streets. His parents should feel really proud of the scumbag they raised.

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2luckypenny1(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Its funny that you say that, younstownsteve, because a parent can only do so much to prevent their child from having a crappy future. I also hear that the cab driving was a screwed up on drugs and that's why he couldn't find his house. I'm not saying that what he did was right, but come on his parents have nothing to do with that...

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3Aware(255 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

If the driver was so 'stoned' I doubt that he would risk going to a pay phone to call police. I have been in cabs many times where I had to correct 'drivers' re: directions...the passenger could not do that? Seems that a local driver could have come back the next day to collect the fare if he knew his charge was unable to coordinate the payment that night. An apology and a good will handshake would have avoided the entire problem! IF this cabbie is that bad, his operator's license will be pulled. Let the law take care of that! Meantime, only a fool would suggest KP put Youngstown on the map. He is not a hero. He is a guy who fights (fought) for a living. He is not credited with growth on any level. Only those with a short-sighted mentality would laud him. He's just another person in the community. No more, no less. Unfortunately, he has a record. I hope he gets help before it's too late.

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4bcdevellin(9 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Everyone involved in this situation is a piece of s**t. Youngstownsteve your no better. Does the cabbie have a valid drivers license? Was the cabbie on something? Who knows. What we do know is Pavlik skipped on the fare and his court date. Does that make him a piece of s*it anymore than the cabbie with no license and under the influence?

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