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Mon., 12:23pm: Police: Sunset not connected to shooting

November 12, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

WARREN -- Despite media reports that a wild Sunday morning shooting resulted from a fight at the Sunset Lounge, police said they do not believe the controversial business is connected to the episode.

Reginald F. Baldwin, 21, and Dale A. Hatch, 25, both of Detroit, have been booked into the Trumbull County Jail on felonious assault charges. They are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

According to reports, Marco Dukes, 32, 866 Swallow St., died Sunday after being transported by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital.

Another man, Larry Smith, 29, 2305 Jackson St., S.W., Warren, was also shot. He remains in Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Warren police Sgt. Jeff Cole, department spokesman, said police are still trying to put the pieces together and to determine a motive for the shooting. This morning he repeated what several Warren detectives said on Sunday, that the feud did not originate at the Sunset Lounge.

Witnesses said a large crowd was milling about outside the Sunset, at the corner of East Market St. and Elm Road, shortly before the shooting. Local media outlets connected the lounge to the shooting.

The Sunset entered the news in June when Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay sentenced LaShawn Ziegler to seven days in jail for violating his parole terms, which stipulate that he never enter the premises of a liquor establishment. The Sunset opened in May.

Two years ago, Ziegler was sentenced to five years' probation, ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and forfeit more than $13,000 after pleading guilty to nine felony counts in connection with automobile fraud and illegal drugs.

City officials in April 2008 boarded up Ziegler's Benji Brown's, a North Park Avenue bar and later an after-hours club, labeling the site a nuisance. A lawsuit against city officials over the after-hours club is pending with another judge in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Ziegler was also the past owner of the now-closed 77 Soul on Youngstown Road that became notorious for frequent visits by police. The club was ordered closed by city officials in 2004, for improper usage.

On Sunday, officers said, more that 40 shots were fired on Elm Court between Market and High streets. Police recovered numerous shell casings in a parking lot behind a daycare in that area and the windows of a building, occupied by several people including children at the time, were shot at.



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