CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) - The son of Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick made his initial court appearance Tuesday on an aggravated assault charge, which stems from an incident on Friday that investigators describe as road rage.
The attorney for John Dellick, 19, requested a preliminary hearing and waived time for that hearing to be set. Dellick did not enter a plea Tuesday. He was allowed to leave without any changes in his bond.
According to a police report, Dellick was at a red light at Lockwood Boulevard and Route 224 in Canfield around 8 p.m. Friday when he threw a pop can out of his car window.
Angelo Gomez, 58, was behind Dellick at the light and yelled at him about his littering. Gomez said Dellick became enraged and yelled obscenities and racially charged insults at him and his wife.
When Dellick pulled away from the light, Gomez said he began spiking the brakes. Gomez pulled out around Dellick and got in front of him when Dellick began ramming Gomez's vehicle.
Both drivers pulled over at Tippecanoe and Stutz Drive, where Gomez called 911. When a sheriff's deputy questioned Dellick, the report says he became uncooperative and was placed under arrest.
A witness in Dellick's vehicle, along with Gomez's wife, told similar stories of the series of events.
Judge Dellick released a statement Monday saying her son was "wrongfully charged and his attorney is prepared to contest it."
However, this is not the first time Dellick has been in trouble with the law. Police reports from Austintown and Boardman name Dellick in connection with two other road rage incidents in the past 18 months, but he was not arrested or charged in either one.
According to a Boardman police report from New Year's Day, a Poland man said as he was driving home from Hartville about 7:30 p.m., a silver Jeep pulled out in front of him at Route 224 and Fairground Boulevard, causing him to brake very hard. The man said the Jeep then sped up and slowed down multiple times and began swerving between lanes in an attempt to purposely cut him off.
The man said he and the driver of the Jeep traveled east on Route 224 to South Avenue, where they stopped for a red light. The report states the driver got out of the Jeep and approached his vehicle and asked him to get out. When the man refused to get out, the driver of the Jeep kicked the driver's side mirror off his vehicle, got back in the Jeep and turned south onto South Avenue.
The man followed the Jeep to get a license plate number, which he provided to Boardman Police dispatchers. The driver then stated the Jeep intentionally struck the right side of his vehicle, the report states.
Dispatchers told the driver to come to the Boardman Police Department to make a report. He told them as he turned into the driveway of the police station, the Jeep turned around and took off, according to the report.
Officers said they could see the driver's side mirror hanging off the victim's vehicle, which also had scratches on the right driver's side and passenger's side doors. The right side rear view mirror also was broken off, the report states.
Police later discovered the Jeep was registered to Judge Dellick and immediately suspected John Dellick in the incident, according to the report. He was 18 at the time.
The victim told police he did not want to pursue the matter criminally, but wanted to be compensated for the damage to his vehicle.
An Austintown police report from June 11, 2012, shows Dellick and another man ended up stabbed after an altercation at a convenient store.
According to that report, officers were called to the Sun Merchant, 3605 Mahoning Ave., about 8 p.m. for a fight in the parking lot. While on the way, dispatchers said all parties had fled the scene.
The store's owner told police he ran outside and told the two men to stop fighting or he would call police. He said he stepped between them and forced them apart, the report states.
The owner said one of the men got into a silver Jeep with a female passenger and headed south on Meridian Road. He said the other man was bleeding from two stab wounds to his lower left back and he insisted on driving himself to the hospital. The store owner said the second man headed east on Mahoning Avenue in a black Buick with a female passenger, the report states.
About a half hour later, dispatchers told police a man was at the emergency room at St. Elizabeth Urgent Care in Austintown with stab wounds to his back. When police arrived, the man recounted the events leading up to the stabbing.
The report states the man was driving east on Mahoning Avenue near Four Mile Run Road when a silver Jeep tried to cut him off. The man said he sped up and the Jeep pulled beside him. He said the driver of the Jeep was yelling out the window for him to pull over, according to the report.
The man pulled into the Sun Merchant, followed by the silver Jeep, and both men got out of the car. The man said the altercation became physical and his girlfriend tried to break it up. He said the driver of the Jeep threw his girlfriend to the ground and the fight continued until the store owner broke it up, the report states.
The man said he took a picture of the Jeep and the license plate with his phone and then drove to the hospital. The police report states that in addition to the two stab wounds on his back, the man also had a scratch on his back and a scratch on his left arm. His girlfriend told police the Jeep driver struck her on the right ear, knocking out two of her earrings.
The Jeep's registration returned to John T. Dellick, who told police the vehicle was being driven by his son, John Dellick, according to the police report. He told police he was on his way to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman because his son had been stabbed.
The report states that at the hospital, the younger Dellick refused to complete a statement, refused to answer any of the officer's questions and refused to identify the female in his vehicle. The report states Dellick had a black left eye, a scratch under his nose and a cut to his left hand.
WKBN contacted Judge Theresa Dellick for a comment on the earlier police reports. She declined, and said to see her earlier press release, which was the following:
In regard to my son, we believe he has been wrongfully charged and his attorney is prepared to contest it.
We do not know how my relationship with my son was interjected at the scene anymore than how the other driver interjected his son's relationship with the Sheriff's department.
Neither I nor my family has ever expected special treatment and the process that my son is facing is the best proof that special treatment was never expected nor received.
I do not have firsthand knowledge of what occurred at the scene but both my family and I are supportive of all races and ethnicities. I question the validity of the assertion because my son himself has Hispanic heritage.
Being a family that includes a public official does not exempt us from the daily issues and problems that face other families.
I have always tried to treat others with respect and consideration and at this time, I am requesting those same courtesies be extended to me and my family as we privately address this matter. Thank you.
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