YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - WKBN News reporter Gerry Ricciutti has uncovered more allegations against the son of Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick.
A police report obtained from the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office reveals another allegation of road rage involving 19-year-old John Dellick. Ricciutti also has obtained information surrounding an altercation between Dellick and Judge Theresa Dellick in which Youngstown State University Police were called.
After seeing recent news reports about the arrest of Dellick on assault charges surrounding a road rage incident last week, a Canfield man has come forward and reported a February 2012 road rage incident allegedly involving Dellick.
According to the report, Thomas Banna was driving along Route 224 about 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2012 when he was cut off by a white Jeep. Banna said the two stopped at a red light at Raccoon Road where Banna yelled, “Where did you learn to drive?”
Banna said the driver of the white Jeep got of his vehicle and confronted Banna and wanted to fight. The light turned green and Banna continued through the light. As the two vehicles were driving along, Banna got behind the white Jeep and wrote down the license plate number.
After Banna got the plate number, he continued on to his brother’s house on Meadow Court in Canfield. The white Jeep followed. Banna said the driver of the Jeep got out and attacked him and threw him to the ground, causing Banna to hit his head so hard it started to bleed. The driver also allegedly kicked and punched Banna while he was on the ground.
Banna's brother came out of the house and told the driver to leave and that he was going to report the incident to police. The driver said he was only 17 and that nothing would happen to him.
Banna said he failed to file a report at the time because he believed that nothing would come of the case.
"When it happened 20 months ago, like I said, he's a juvenile. Normally, they slap juveniles on the wrist and let 'em go. And in this case, with his mother being the judge, you know that wasn't going to happen," Banna said.
After seeing recent news reports and pictures of Dellick involving several similar incidents, Banna recognized him as the man who attacked him. He called police and filed a report.
Dellick was arrested last week in a road rage incident where he allegedly yelled racially charged expletives at a man on Route 224 and rammed his vehicle into the victim’s car.
Dellick appeared in court Tuesday and didn’t enter a plea. His attorney requested a preliminary hearing and waived time for that hearing to be set.
Mahoning County Court Judge Scott Hunter, who presided over John Dellick's first hearing Tuesday night, is recusing himself from the case and asking the Ohio Supreme Court to name a visiting judge.
Judge Dellick released a statement Monday saying her son was "wrongfully charged and his attorney is prepared to contest it."
However, 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.
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