Warren police investigate shootings, city plans to press charges - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Warren police investigate shootings, city plans to press charges

Updated:

WARREN, Ohio- In the wake of two shootings on New Year's Day in Warren, city leaders are working together to combat and prevent future gun-related crimes.

Several rounds were fired at a party on Colonial Street at 4 p.m. and earlier that morning gunfire erupted at the Sunset Lounge on Market Street. The bar shootings left Cory Blackwell, 25, of Warren dead.

"I just think that the violence needs to stop, not only because this is happening to my family, but just period," said Kiarra Blackwell-Nelms, Blackwell's niece. "No one derserves to lose their life the way he did."

A woman who was at the bar during the shooting says a bullet grazed her foot.

Danee Williams tells 21 News she heard shots fired inside and outside the bar after a fight on the dance floor. Williams says her injury was minor.

With 62 on staff at the Warren Police Department, Chief Tim Bowers says his department is an 82 man job.

2013 brings a new budget which will allow for the hiring of five new officers, still not enough to change the workload for his officers and detectives.

"I'd like to be more proactive, I would like to do some preventative policing, but with the current staffing that's not possible," Bowers said.

"We have enough people and we will respond. If a citizen calls police a policeman or woman will show up and that's the only promise I can give you," Bowers said.

City hall is also utilizing all resources to shutdown the Sunset Lounge.

The city law department is working to bring a nuisance charge against the Market Street bar. City Councilman Greg Bartholomew says nuisance charges could be filed against the bar by the end of the week.

After a year filled with police response calls to the lounge in 2012, Warren's mayor says enough is enough and gun violence won't be tolerated.

"I want to make sure that business owners understand that they have a responsibility to monitor, especially if you carry a liquor license, you need to, you have a responsibility for security and to make sure guns aren't allowed into your establishment," Mayor William Franklin said.

Franklin says the bar is expected to go before the state division of liquor control regarding its license. In the meantime, the mayor says he's been meeting with downtown businesses to gather suggestions for preventing future crimes.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:09:34 GMT
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
  • Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
  • Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms