Rioting in Norwalk? Nah, just an old-fashioned bar brawl

Grand jury declined to issue felony charges; cases sent to Norwalk municipal court.
Cary Ashby
Apr 29, 2014

Huron County prosecutors sent cases involving a suspected bar brawl to Norwalk Municipal Court after a grand jury declined to issue felony charges.

The following suspects were charged with one first-degree misdemeanor count each of assault: Damarquis C. Brown, 31, of 206 Jefferson St.; Stephon O. Harkness, 25, of 10-A State St.; Stewart W. Harkness Jr., 31, whose address wasn't available; and Adewale A. Olaniyan, 37, of 56 Parsons St. The charges are in connection with a Feb. 9 incident at Bluto's Sports Bar & Grill in Norwalk.

Each of the defendants originally were charged with aggravated rioting, a fourth-degree felony, through municipal court.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said authorities studied the video recording of the incident and determined "it was a simple bar fight." He also said Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel "wasn't getting good cooperation from the alleged victim."

"The officer did a good job of investigating the case. He did a good job of tracking people down," Leffler said.

Law director Stuart O'Hara earlier told the Reflector how the suspected bar brawl happened.

"The victim and a friend went out to the patio to smoke. Three (suspects) and two others came out to the patio and ultimately got into a fight. They poured beer on him and physically hurt him," O'Hara said. "Another person joined in the melee."

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truckin

???? SURE??? OK

Yanni

Donald Sterling likes this.

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m...w...k

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BadBoys

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uturnlouie

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mcgoff01

I agree with track, where, and why does this not get prosecuted to the highest. "A simple bar fight" said the Prosecutor, let's see how well he would do in "A simple bar fight" of 3 on 1, and, 2 others join, the charges he would want. Prosecute these people.

truckin

PC... nothing more..nothing less..
say ol' saying.. but true.. Reverse the rolls??

deertracker

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rbenn

I call BS on your statement, you know damn well if this was reversed you would be screaming for justice. All your past posts reflect this.

deertracker

Truth hurts huh? Deal with it

rbenn

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goreflect

These guys are nothing but trouble! Black-White-Green who cares. The problem is they come in with a chip on their shoulder because they are black and they feel like they have something to prove. They have nothing to prove - we all bleed the same. Just go out and have a good time. Good Grief People!

Gordon Gekko

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TuffNutts2011

If they have no criminal record then let it be losers who got in a fight at a bar. If they have done things like this in the past then hammer them. Im fine with it.

TheIrish

Site moderator please remove the racist comments. These white trash hillbillies are destroying my reputation. Americans have overcome way to much.. Black American soldiers die every single day to protect our freedom and you further tarnish the reputation of their race? Comments like these say so much more about the character of the person that is stating them then the people the statements are about..

rbenn

So calling people hillbillies is ok? Hypocrite. You shot yourself in the foot.

TheIrish

Calling someone an ignorant hillbilly isn't racist. By the way I'm a white Scotch/Irish American with ancestral roots in Coburn, Virginia. If anyone can refer to someone else as a hillbilly it is me.

truckin

YOU said WHITE!!!! WHITE hillbilly trash..
Everyone knows i am a racist.... I married a white woman.

Definition of RACIST
Prefer one's own race over another
..so really nothing wrong with being a racist...be proud of who you are,
just don't use it to try and get more than you deserve..
that's what as you quote, "white hillbilly trash" people are tired of seeing.
There are, but a few even alive in today's AMERICA who can feel repressed.
So just quit..
and shame on prosecutor for side stepping this.

KindofKick

That's not the definition of racist... Being racist means you believe your particular race is superior to someone else's. No one should be proud of that...

truckin

ALSO..
you are NOT Scotch/Irish American... just AMERICAN!
maybe of decent. but AMERICAN..
and i am fare pressed to say odds are you NEVER have even step foot in your "home countries"..
that is the problem with all this stuff..
EVERYONE.
be who you are....an AMERICAN

rbenn

Very well said, all these clowns want to separate themselves into groups is ridiculous. we are all AMERICANS

Gdusty86

I'm from the Deep South and I accept all people races ,sexual orientations .A hillbilly isn't where your from it's a mind set and I see a lot of that on here .

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Blaze

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Wildbunch3

Very well said Blaze!

Blaze

Thanks, but I don't understand why it got removed.

Wildbunch3

I don't understand that either, obviously they pick and chose what comments they like and don't. You said nothing wrong!

Wildbunch3

It sounds to me like you're jealous of Mr.Harkness.....did he steal your girl, or beat you on the court? The only reason a person would put down another is due to jealousy or feeling inferior to that person for some reason. Just because he may have been a bully in school has nothing to do with the man he is today. He has had the same job for years, has a girlfriend and their own place.....what's your story? Still living with mommy in the basement???

truckin

WOW.. is that what you think??
"only reason a person would put down another is jealousy or feel inferior"
someone must have convinced you of that years ago???
Some people may....just may not like you based on who you are, what you are or how you look or act... These are just facts of personal reference.. not going to be able to change or change with words like jealous??

Heck i don't like gay people.. i think it is gross, has nothing to do with jealous or feel inferior. same goes for some that don't like me.
sorry to be the bearer of bad news..

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