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Teens charged in Boardman fight, shooting

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

Police had been called about 7:40 p.m. June 17 to the 8400 block of Market Street for reports of a fight involving about 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 Hospital Mahoning Valley and then to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center.

Two days later, at 5:25 p.m., police responded to gunfire in the Sugartree Drive area. Witnesses said they 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.

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

l Caden Moffo, 16, and Paul Prozy, 15, both of Boardman; each is 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.

l Blaine Strines, 17 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 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 are asked to call the township department at 330-726-4144. Ask for officers William Woods and Dan Baker, who are assigned full time to the Youngstown FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force.

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