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Be careful saying "There goes Youngstown again ..."

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published February 8, 2011

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"There goes Youngstown again" is a cry that many have made and want to continue to make following Sunday's shooting at an off-campus YSU student party.

But read below the list of tragic and outrageous incidents that have made news in recent weeks, and none of them involve Youngstown.

All are tragic, as is the city's incident and the death of Jamail Johnson. But we are part of a society problem. It's not simply a Youngstown problem.


College cop accused of shooting escort

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A Florida university policeman shot an escort he met online, authorities said.

Jimmy Dac Ho, a campus officer at Florida Atlantic University, Monday went to the Boynton Beach home of Sheri Carter, who advertised her services as "Stephanie," police told The Palm Beach Post.

By the end of the encounter, the woman was handcuffed by the officer and shot in the abdomen and neck.

Carter is in Delray Medical Center, paralyzed from the waist down.

Ho is in jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder and false imprisonment. He quit the FAU force, said Deputy Chief Keith Totten.

Police investigating suspected shooting at Wandsworth College    

 Officers are investigating reports of a shooting at a Wandsworth college this afternoon, police have confirmed.

 Details of the apparent attack at South Thames College, in Wandsworth High Street, are still coming in but a spokeswoman for Wandsworth police revealed officers were looking into reports that a shot - or shots - were fired during a fight “involving a number of people”.

 However, a spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said two ambulance crews were sent to the college just before 1.45pm to reports of a “stabbing”.

Gun-toting MassBay student to face dangerousness hearing after Wellesley arrest

Wellesley — A MassBay Community College student charged with bringing a loaded semi-automatic weapon to the school’s Wellesley campus is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

At his arraignment on Feb. 4 Darryl Dookhran, 18, of Dorchester, pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges stemming from his Feb. 3 arrest, when police discovered an 18-round Tec-9 gun in his backpack. The dangerousness hearing is scheduled for Feb 8.

“There are no indications that Dookhran had any specific intent in bringing it into the school,” said Deputy Chief Bill Brooks. “Whether he was carrying it because he felt he needed to protect himself we don’t know, but that’s the speculation.”

Officers had been searching for Dookhran, a convicted felon, after an unidentified student tipped them off that he’d been bringing a gun to school. The student said that he’d noticed the butt of a gun sticking out from Dookhran’s waistband but kept it to himself. A week later he noticed Dookhran grabbing at his pants as if to conceal something and notified a teacher who in turn notified police.

For a week Wellesley officers in collaboration with Boston police, transit police, and campus security searched in vain for Dookhran, who didn’t show up to school or to any of his classes. Finally, on Feb. 3, Dookhran returned to campus and police confronted him as he waited in line at the registrar’s office.

After leading him into another room Dookhran allegedly backed up against a wall, and when officers tried to arrest him, began kicking and fighting. He’s facing charges ranging from resisting arrest to carrying an unlicensed firearm.

Suspect, principal played golf together weekend before fatal shooting


 SACRAMENTO, Calif SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Only last Sunday, the two golfing buddies spent the day together on the course. But on Wednesday, a janitor at a Placerville elementary school confronted his friend, the principal, with a gun, police said.

     In a flash of fire, Principal Sam LaCara of Louisiana Schnell School lay mortally wounded. Within an hour, the married father of three daughters, a respected school administrator known for his sense of humor and love of sports, died at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville.

     "It's a tragedy for Placerville and our entire society," Police Chief George Nielsen declared at an afternoon news conference, in which he announced that a suspect  the janitor  had been arrested and that all the school children were safe.      
 LaCara was gunned down shortly after 10:30 a.m. in his office at the Schnell School, a wooded campus for kindergartners to fifth-graders, that is located near nature trails and the scenic drive to Apple Hill.

Two more students arrested in Los Angeles school shooting

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES |  Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:07pm EST  
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police investigating the apparently accidental shooting of two students at a Los Angeles high school said on Wednesday they had arrested a pair of teenagers for helping the 17-year-old boy accused of bringing a gun to class.

Two sophomores at Gardena High School were injured by a single bullet on Tuesday when a loaded gun went off in a classmate's backpack during a health class.

Friend recalls Arizona suspect's disturbing decline       
By Brad Poole
TUCSON, Arizona |  Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:09pm EST
TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - A onetime close friend of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner says he remains baffled that everyone around the college dropout looked the other way as his behavior grew increasingly bizarre last year.
Zane Gutierrez, 22, said he was among Loughner's best pals until Loughner cut himself off from his social circle in March 2010, some 10 months before the rampage for which he is charged with trying to assassinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Posted: 7:14 PM Jan 29, 2011, Lansing, MI
Second Shooting at Student Apartments
An 18-year0old male is in the hospital tonight after being shot when a college party got out of hand. This is the second time that same apartment complex in Bath Township has opened up in gunfire.
Residents are shocked. A person in their apartment building was shot early saturday morning when a college party escalated.

"My roomate texted me. She said she heard gunshots and then saw a guy run across the street with a gun," said resident Jamie Thompson of Crossing Place Apartments.  

"I came home and cops were circling the building," said Jessyca Waldon, another resident of Crossing Place Apartments.

Bath Township police were responding to a noise complaint when they learned of the shooting. Five other police agencies assisted in the incident.  

"We were right across the street when we got the call," said Sergeant Scott Wriggelsworth of East Lansing Police Department.

Last night was the second party in 2 months at this complex that has resulted in gunfire.  A 20 year-old boy was shot and killed off Abbott Rd. leaving a party in December.

"Two shootings in about six weeks in a predominantly college area would be uncommon," said Sgt. Wriggelsworth.
SUV shooting nets 7-year sentence
The Register-Mail <http://www.galesburg.com>
Posted Jan 20, 2011 @ 12:16 PM
 GALESBURG — A Galesburg man was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for a firing a gun at an occupied SUV last May.

Anthony Alfaro, 19, 118 W. First St., pleaded guilty to a class 1 felony charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a more serious class X felony charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

The shooting involving Alfaro and another man, Xavier Parker, 22, took place on May 27 near Knox College, just south of 190 S. Academy St.

Knox County Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Kwacala, in recalling the events of that night, said police in the area heard six gunshots fired around 11 p.m. and responded to the scene. They were then flagged down by four individuals in an SUV, who told them they had been shot at by two men.


1computer_rick(137 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Oh give up. I mean, I know you have to support advertisers, but comparing our little rat-hole to cities with populations far in excess of Youngstown, and selectively pulling articles.

Hey, Youngstown isn't rioting on the streets like they are in Egypt either! Wow! Youngstown is not so bad after all!

Tell you what. You take a walk down Lucius Ave., oh, not late. Maybe 7pm. Then right an op-ed piece about how wonderful it is.

By the way, my brother in law was murdered about thirteen years ago on the East side. Shot dead. The shooter just got out. Twelve years, for murder.

So, keep making your tautological argumants about how Youngstown ain't so bad, because, after all, there is crime in other cities.

Difference between the shooting at YSU and the one at Virginia few years back (before you even head that way). The shoother in Virginia was a certifiable nut job. The shooter at the YSU Frat party? Just another urban hood. Nothing that stood out. Couple of convictions for drugs. Same old same old.

Could happen again, real quick, soon as the P.D. get bored of pulling over car loads of kids driving lights off at 2am through Youngstown. I am guessing, couple months tops.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Gunfire after sunset has been a major problem in Youngstown for years . Not that we didn't have daylight shooting also . Now the aim is much better when the intent to kill is there . Complaining about it got a ho-hum response in the past . So now we realize that there is a problem ? Or perhaps we don't have a problem since it's normal in other cities also ?

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3Millie(192 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Did the shot hearing/locating device speed anything up? That always seemed like a waste of money.

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Youngstown is one of the most dangerous cities in the USA these days. Our only hope is John Kasich rides to the rescue with lots of state law enforcement support. It's obvious Mayor Jay & Chief Jimmy have failed us in that area.

However, the more I read and hear about what happened Satuirday, one has to ask the question why all the under age and high schoolers at the drinking party out so late if it was YSU fraternity related? Something smells about this AA student event, and I think you know what I mean.

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Close the LOVE Lounge down and stop the underage drinking at all the bars in the downtown area and peace will reside all over Youngstown. While you are at it - shut down Pal Joey's on Midlothian and make sure that The Dragon Palace doesn't re-rent her liquor license to the biker gang.

I know it will be a death sentence for the bars downtown and loss of taxpay monies because of the govt money invested in opening up bars - but better closed bars that dont follow the rules than more dead kids.

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6lovedrama(139 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

That is hardly the answer, author 50. Making Youngstown safe again would require locking up the thugs and keeping them locked up for as long as possible. Underage drinking is not the cause of violence in this town. While I agree it should not happen-I doubt there will be any significant drop in crime if it were to end altogether. Go to the south side, arrest all of those troublemakers and keep hem locked up, and you will see a HUGE drop in crime in the city. Then start going after the North, West, and East sides.

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7Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I applaud this note, Todd. Too often the people of Youngstown and its surrounding region make the mistake of thinking negative things only happen in Youngstown because they have so little awareness of anything that goes on outside of their own region. It's an area of the country where the majority of the people have little to no experience with life outside their own back and front yards. Kudos for bringing attention to the rest of the world's problems looking not so different from our own.

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8mom6rocks(2 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

BEWARE of the violence among the youth too. Not just in high school, but grade schools too. My child was stabbed by a third grader last month. Problem still not resolved! My children are still being harassed. If offenders are not punished adequately and quickly enough, they feel entitled to cause more harm. The teachers have to participate in violence prevention seminars but they need administrators to bring down the law! In the meantime my children are still in danger and their offender can do what he/she wants and still get away with it. The violence will not end if these young offenders and their parents don't get mandatory counseling and rehabilitation!

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