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Youngstown cop pleads not guilty in Austintown incident



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

By ROBERT CONNELLY

rconnelly@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

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.


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1handymandave(474 comments)posted 6 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 6 months ago

And on St. Patricks Day, to boot!

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3Diebold2000(38 comments)posted 6 months ago

Yet more proof that St. Patrick's Day has for some unknown reason become a worse amateur night than New Year's Eve! Must be Obama's fault!

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4kensgirl(604 comments)posted 6 months ago

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

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5Not_Gilligans_Ginger(129 comments)posted 6 months ago

Some police officers believe they are God-like entities whose decisions shouldn't be questioned. You know and I know sometimes arresting officers can overstep their authority and seek out a reason to discredit someone. Do not make judgments until all facts are known.
My husband was charged with aggravated menacing by the APD. It was a bogus charge, prompted by an angry neighbor who had been partying all day. The man came to my apt door,
complaining/threatening me to keep the noise down (there was no noise), HIS eyes were glassy and strange looking. My husband defended me and got in the man's face. The man called the APD out of anger and reported my husband had held a gun to
him? It was our word against the neighbor's and the dumb@ss girlie cop was unable to discern a
drunken story from a sober truth. Oh, and ironically
drunken/druggie neighbor's uncle is affiliated with
the APD.
I have no doubt but what the APD's cop had his feathers ruffled. My experience with the APD has not been a positive one, so I think there is much more to this than is being reported in the Vindy.

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6JustThink123(27 comments)posted 6 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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7walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 6 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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8JustThink123(27 comments)posted 6 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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9Not_Gilligans_Ginger(129 comments)posted 6 months ago

The officer is a trained sniper and did his duty in Afghanistan... Did you lay your lives on the line? You sit behind your computers on your judgmental butts. Smh...

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10Not_Gilligans_Ginger(129 comments)posted 6 months ago

Thank you, dontbeafool... Like I said, he did a stint in Afghanistan, he and his siblings are all college educated and very close knit. They're from a Christian family and went through a lot of uncertainty when they were young. Their mother has lived through 3 bouts with cancer beginning when they were in elementary school. I honestly can't say enough good things about the family. The officer made an error in judgement, just as we all have. None of us are perfect. If you want to say something, how about saying a prayer for him?

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11JustThink123(27 comments)posted 6 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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