11 juveniles arrested in Liberty riot

LIBERTY– Almost a dozen residents at Belmont Pines were sent to the Trumbull County juvenile detention center after a riot Sunday night.

Liberty police sought help at 615 Churchill Hubbard Road from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and police from Vienna, Hubbard and Hubbard Township to quell the incident that broke out just before 10:30 p.m.

Belmont Pines Hospital provides inpatient behavioral health services to young people 5 to 18 years old, its website states.

At the time of the call, Belmont Pines staff reported 15 to 20 female residents rioting in the facility.

Eleven juveniles were arrested and held while charges are determined, said Liberty police Chief Toby Meloro.

“There was no one hurt,” Meloro said. “We spoke to the CEO of Belmont Pines today (Monday) and are looking to make sure this does not happen again.”

Belmont Pines officials were contacted by the newspaper but did not provide a response.

According to information police gleaned at the scene, a few residents started a fight and then other juveniles jumped in.

Some started to destroy doors of the facility and were trying to gain control of the building, according to police.



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