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COURT NEWS Ohio Rep. Bob Young pleads not guilty in misdemeanor case

PHOTO BY BOB MOREHEAD | BGNN
Ohio Representative Bob Young, his attorney John Greven and visiting Judge Edward O’Farrell take their seats during Young’s arraignment Aug. 4.

By BOB MOREHEAD

Gazette Staff Writer

BARBERTON  Barberton Municipal Court had the rare spectacle of arraigning a sitting state representative Aug. 4.

Bob Young, 41, the second-term Republicanlawmaker from Green whose 32nd District includes the Magic City, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and a misdemeanor assault charge. The plea was in front of Edward O’Farrell, a retired judge from New Philadelphia; both Barberton judges had recused themselves from the case and O’Farrell was appointed to preside.

Young had originally been charged with felony domestic violence but a Summit County Grand Jury returned a misdemeanor indictment, sending the case back to Barberton.

O’Farrell placed a protection order over both the alleged victims and released Young on a recognizance bond. The prosecutor and Young’s attorney were to coordinate the retrieval of some property. A pretrial hearing is set for Aug. 31.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Young had been shouting at his wife’s friend at the couple’s Greensburg Road home around 1 a.m. and his wife put his hand in front of his face. He allegedly grabbed her arm and slapped her face. As she said she was calling 911, he reportedly grabbed her phone and threw it into a pool. This was allegedly witnessed by their daughter through her bedroom window.

Young’s wife, according to deputies, fled to his brother’s home with the children, arriving about an hour after that assault. Young arrived around 9:30 a.m. and tried to force his way in, charging into his brother. The brother defended himself, putting Young through the glass storm door; the brother got cuts on his arm from this. Young left and warrants were issued for his arrest.

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