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Police charge three Boardman boys after fight, shots fired

BOARDMAN — Three teenage boys now face charges following the township police probe of a large fight in June on Market Street, and shots being fired from a fleeing vehicle two days later on Sugartree Drive.

Police had been called at about 7:40 p.m. on June 17 to the 8400 block of Market Street for reports of a fight involving some 10 juveniles. Police saw several of them flee the scene on foot and spoke with them about the episode.

But one of the juveniles became combative with police, a report states, then took off and was caught, taken for medical evaluation at Akron Children’s local hospital campus, and then to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center.

Two days later, at about 5:25 p.m., police responded to gunfire in the Sugartree Drive area. Witnesses saw an argument between two groups, with several individuals leaving in a black four-door vehicle. Several shots were fired out of the vehicle windows into the air, though no injuries were reported, the report states.

The morning of June 24, Boardman police used a search warrant at an Arlene Avenue address related to the two incidents. Police said their probe continues though charges have been filed:

• Caden Moffo, 16, and Paul Prozy, 15, both of Boardman, each are charged in juvenile court with five counts of aggravated menacing and one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. They were taken to the juvenile justice center and charged July 12, police said.

• After probing the Sugartree Drive incident, a 17-year-old, Blaine Strines, also of Boardman, is charged in juvenile court with five counts of aggravated menacing and one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. He was taken to the the juvenile justice center as the investigation continues, police said. He was charged Thursday.

“Boardman Police Department considers this investigation a priority, with zero tolerance for this type of conduct within the township,” Chief Todd Werth said in a news release.

People with more information can call the department at 330-726-4144. Ask for officers William Woods and Dan Baker, who are assigned full-time to thew Youngstown FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force.

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