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Youngstown cop pleads not guilty in Austintown incident

Published: Thu, March 20, 2014 @ 12:06 a.m.




A Youngstown police officer was arraigned Wednesday in Mahoning County Area Court here on a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from a group fight late Monday.

Ken Bielik, 31, of Youngstown pleaded not guilty to the charge as well as being publicly intoxicated. A pretrial hearing in the county court is set for 6 p.m. May 12.

Bielik’s brother, James, also appeared in court Wednesday on a charge of disorderly conduct and has a pretrial hearing at the same time. He also pleaded not guilty.

Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees said Ken Bielik’s status is unchanged. He is working his regular duties until his case in Austintown plays out, the chief added.

Township police responded to the Sheetz gas station on Mahoning Avenue and state Route 46 for a report of a group fight. According to a police report, the officer first on the scene saw James Bielik shoving a man against a brick wall twice.

The man told police James Bielik pushed him out of the double doors of Sheetz and into the parking lot after Bielik confronted him. James Bielik told police he thought the man was bothering his sister.

Kristin Bielik told officers an acquaintance was called a name inside Sheetz by an unidentified male, which started the fight.

While officers were talking with witnesses, Ken Bielik kept interrupting them and identified himself as a police officer multiple times.

“I work for YPD. I am a police officer. What are you going to arrest me for?” Ken Bielik said, according to a report. Officers noticed Ken Bielik was “very intoxicated, had bloodshot, glassy eyes, and demonstrated a confrontational/aggressive behavior,” according to the report.

Multiple times Ken Bielik was restrained by his friends after police warned him to walk away or he would be arrested on disorderly-conduct charges.

Bielik persisted in his behavior, and police arrested him on a charge of disorderly conduct and failure to desist. He denied to an officer on scene that he was intoxicated.


1handymandave(567 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

All I can say is this cop must have acted like a real donkey to get charged by another cop.

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

And on St. Patricks Day, to boot!

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3Millerh113(214 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

How about an additional charge: conduct unbecoming. Policemen should know that they are "on duty" 24/7 and behave accordingly. If they cannot accept this standard, they are in the wrong line of work. Public drunkenness is inexcusable and indefensible for the men in blue.

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4kensgirl(1044 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Wow- this cop needs to go. What an embarassment.

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5JustThink123(27 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Youngstown is facing a list of issues. Im guessing this is stemming from the fact they cannot recruit quality candidates while paying next to nothing to be police in Youngstown. Looks like the old Youngstown days are back.

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6walter_sobchak(2629 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

In the words of Ron White:"Now, I had the right to remain silent, but I did not have the ability!" Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son. Just shut up!

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7JustThink123(27 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

123goz, maybe you should know what you're talking about before you comment. A YPD Officer makes 30,000 a year to start and it takes 12 years ( not quickly like you assumed, and you know what happens when you assume) to top out. In addition, the first 10 years of those 12 years are marginally increased with the last two years making up the difference. I also did not make a comment on their current quality of Officers (which isnt that as good as it should be, have you not seen the news lately?), i made a comment on their ability to recruit new quality candidates with such a low pay scale.

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8dontbeafool(1946 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Being a cop is a challenging job, a 24/7 job of stress. When every car stop or call can lead to death, it is a tremendous stress. Some of these guys can deal with it better than others. This cop obviously made a bad alcohol related decision(s), but you shouldn't lump all cops into the same category. He will be reprimanded accordingly, especially since it embarrassed the YPD. How much would it take you to work the midnight shift on the East or South side?

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9JustThink123(27 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

"there's another 6-8k in pay deductions not taken, as in private sector that may pay 50%. Kick in overtime and shift differential."

Are you serious? Now you're trying to compare a police officer job to the private sector? and then you make up some numbers to make it look worse? Oh and then you add overtime! Heres a FACT: YPD pays in the bottom 20% in the State of Ohio for a top 10% dangerous police job.

You also said this Officer has been around for awhile. As the other have pointed out, he was in the military, not an Officer. A quick check with google reveals he was hired slightly more then a year ago.

Why dont you ask veteran YPD Officers what kind of quality is being hired these days. They will tell you that many of the Officers hired in the past few years have no business being the police. But thats because they are having a difficult time hiring quality because of the low pay.

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