Published: Thursday, August 3, 2006
Loud music, coincidence land two men in court
One defendant is accused of intentionally aiming his car at pedestrians.
YOUNGSTOWN Two men wanted on warrants one without a valid license drew cops' attention by blasting loud music from their car stereos, reports show.
The arrests of Kevin Bacher, 18, of Richland Avenue, and Charles Barber, 26, of Front Street, Warren, took place within a minute of each other Tuesday evening on the city's West Side.
Barber, whose warrant was issued by Mahoning County Court in Austintown in a child endangering case, appeared there Wednesday. He was due in municipal court today on charges of loud music and driving under suspension.
Patrolman Ken Blair pulled Barber over at Mahoning and Hartford avenues at 8:34 p.m. Tuesday after hearing loud music coming from the car. After a check, he learned about the Austintown warrants and that Barber's license is suspended.
Patrolman Ron Jankowski said he heard loud music near Mahoning and Schenley avenues and pulled Bacher's car over at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday. A check showed that Bacher was wanted for failure to appear on a reckless operation charge. He was released on a summons based on his condition broken right leg, broken right collar bone and two metal rods in his left arm.
Bacher made news last week after a crash on Maryland Avenue. Police said he intentionally drove his car toward two pedestrians and a man in an sport-utility vehicle then struck a utility pole and became trapped in his car.
A police hold was placed on him at St. Elizabeth Health Center. He was charged with felonious assault, reckless operation and illegal plates. No motive was given for his alleged actions.
A warrant was issued when he failed to appear for a court hearing, the clerk of court's office said.
Bacher appeared for arraignment Wednesday in municipal court and pleaded no contest to loud music. Judge Robert P. Milich found him guilty, fined him $50, and placed him on one year's probation.
Bacher also pleaded no contest to reckless operation and having illegal plates. The judge found him guilty, sentenced him to 30 days in jail, suspended the jail time, and fined him $125.
A preliminary hearing on the felonious assault charge is set for Aug. 10.
Police issued another loud music citation Tuesday to Bernard M. Anderson, 20, of Argyle Avenue, Boardman. Patrolman Assad Chaibi pulled Anderson over at Canfield Road and Arden Boulevard around 5 p.m. Anderson pleaded no contest in court Wednesday, was found guilty, and fined $50.