CLARION, Pa. – On May 6, Judge Amy Long sentenced 13 Clarion students charged in connection with a brawl that broke out during an April 15 intramural basketball game at the Student Recreation Center.
Melvin Dixon, Philadelphia, pled guilty to disorderly conduct and obscene gesture or language.
Charges of riot and resisting arrest were withdrawn.
Lamar Gary, Philadelphia; Shameel Carty, New York; Damon Brockington, Philadelphia; Willie Goldwire, McKees Rocks; Tarran Prince, Philadelphia; and Braheem Foy, Philadelphia; were all charged with riot, obstructing administration of the law and failure to disperse upon official order.
Additionally, Gary, Goldwire, Carty, and Donovan Norman, Aliquippa, were charged with hazardous and disorderly conduct.
Gary and Carty pled guilty to the charges of hazardous disorderly conduct and were both placed on six months probation.
Joseph Long, Pittsburgh; Matthew Long, Pittsburgh; and Andre Martin were charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.
Their charges have been withdrawn.
Norman pled guilty to hazardous disorderly conduct but was not put on probation.
Charges against Foy, Prince, Brockington and Goldwire were dismissed.
Jeffery Joyner, Philadelphia; and Patrick Parker, New York, were charged with riot, disorderly conduct and obstructing administration of the law, but no record was filed for either of them.
Police said a fight broke out after a foul during the basketball game.
Joseph Long and Matthew Long allegedly shoved Parker, and spectators ran onto the court causing a riot, according to police reports.
The fight dispersed when Clarion Borough Police arrived to investigate.
Dixon allegedly resisted questioning by a police officer once outside the recreation center, and another fight erupted. Dixon allegedly incited others to attack and harass the officers, according to the report.
Officer Rein Pold sprayed Dixon with mace, which caused the fight to cease, according to police reports. Dixon was treated at the scene and released into police custody.