This is just another case of life in Youngstown. I live on the south side of town and it just gets worse and worse, year after year. It's not the good people of this city tearing down our foundation, obviously. It is these young thugs and wanna-be gangsters who ruin things for everyone. Take a ride down Market Street one day and look at what we have left there. Nothing. Rally's, gone. Giant Eagle, gone. Dollar General, gone and on and on. These animals have managed to run every business out of town. Store owners getting shot or robbed while trying to make an honest living for their families. People being shot in the parking lot after coming out of the Lord's house. What happened to values and morals? When will it end? Our city leaders need to step in, at some point, and get these animals off our city streets! If our current city leaders can't remedy this problem, we need to make our voices heard come election time.
September 28, 2010 at 12:04 p.m.
This guy needs beaten with a baseball bat!
September 21, 2010 at 11:21 a.m.
Not in the Mahoning Valley. This is just unimagineable ! lol.
August 6, 2010 at 11:57 a.m.
August 4, 2010 at 11:42 a.m.
Isn't that just great!. These guys go out and kill someone and while waiting for trial, they get the luxury of being free. Who knows, maybe they'll kill someone else in the meantime.
July 30, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.
Unbelievable, this guy gets more time for armed robbery than for killing a man. Boy, our justice system is so fair, isn't it?
July 10, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
Do you really expect less?
June 23, 2010 at 11:05 a.m.
If this were just your average citizen that person would probaly be charged with domestic violence, making terroistic threats and a number of other things, but since it's "one of our finest" a slap on the hand should be in order. What a CROCK!
June 17, 2010 at 10:31 a.m.
I've been following this case extensively and I am starting to believe that this judge really has it out for the guy. They close his bar as a "nuisance" when there were never any complaints made against the bar. Then, the whole gambling machine issue is rediculous. There were three machines inside the bar which were placed there by an outside company, before Messer even opened the bar. The previous owner told him that they were perfectly legal and that he never had any issues. On South ave. there are at least 6 bars that I am aware of that have these "criminal tools" and now I see that a place on Midlothian, next to Gino's, has opened an Internet Palace (this building is filled with the same exact "criminal tools" as the Riverbend had). What the reports didn't tell you was, when the bar was raided in November there were four customers that were caught with various drugs on them and not one of them were charged. They were told to walk away and not look back. What happened to these people. NOTHING. I've frequented many bars over the last 20 years and could tell you that every single one of them had some kind of drug activity inside. Who should get punished for that, the bar owner or the actual people involved. If you check the records, Messer was never warned about his clothing. Why don't the justice system go after the right people and lock up the area's killers and robbers, instead of going after this guy for wearing brand new denim jeans and a leather coat to court. They made the Riverbend out to be a drive-thru for drugs, but in my visits there, it was a nice little bar where you can grab a beer, some food and play a game or two of pool. They already took his livelyhood away by closing the bar and ruined his name. This guy has a family and they've made him out to be some kind of monster. What more do they want...blood or money...or both? If you've followed this case at all, you'll see that Krishbaum has handeled this case from the begining. I would think this would be a conflict of interest. He was involved in the bar closing and now he holds the fate of Messer's future. What is he...judge, jury, and executer? Last time I checked you were innocent until proven guilty. I don't think Messer feels that way right now...do you? If you feel this is wrong like I do, contact your local commissioner and voice your opinion.
February 13, 2010 at 7:26 p.m.