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Old 01-12-2010, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Assault charges reduced against Steelers' siblings

Assault charges reduced against Steelers' siblings
http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/81245702.html
By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer

POSTED: 01:44 p.m. EST, Jan 12, 2010

Felony assault charges have been reduced against the Akron relatives of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison charged last month following a rivalry party melee that left four people injured.

A Summit County grand jury has dropped the felonious assault charge lodged against Harrison's nephew, Ross Johnson, 27. He is now charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

In the case of Harrison's sister, Shovonne Johnson-Roper, 39, the grand jury reduced her felony assault charge to a misdemeanor. She is also charged with disorderly conduct.

The two appeared today before Akron Municipal Court Judge Katarina Cook, along with Mildred Harrison, the star football player's 62-year-old mother.

Mildred Harrison, who lives in Akron, is charged with misdemeanor assault following the brawl that erupted during a Steelers-Browns party Dec. 10 at the Rhine View VFW post on Copley Road.

All three have pleaded not guilty and are due back in court Feb. 2. Their attorney, Michael Bowler, declined comment.

The misdemeanor assault charges carry a maximum jail sentence of six months. Disorderly conduct does not allow for jail time.

The VFW event was advertised as a rivalry party for Browns and Steelers fans and promoted the appearance of Harrison's parents and $2 beer specials. About 100 people attended to watch the game on TV.

Police say a brawl broke out around halftime of the Thursday night party and at least four people were bloodied and bruised from being struck with beer bottles. Tables were overturned, beer bottles were broken and food was strewn about the club, witnesses said.

James Harrison attended Coventry High School and Kent State University and was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year during the Steelers' championship season last winter.
Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or ptrexler@thebeaconjournal.com.

Felony assault charges have been reduced against the Akron relatives of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison charged last month following a rivalry party melee that left four people injured.

A Summit County grand jury has dropped the felonious assault charge lodged against Harrison's nephew, Ross Johnson, 27. He is now charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

In the case of Harrison's sister, Shovonne Johnson-Roper, 39, the grand jury reduced her felony assault charge to a misdemeanor. She is also charged with disorderly conduct.

The two appeared today before Akron Municipal Court Judge Katarina Cook, along with Mildred Harrison, the star football player's 62-year-old mother.

Mildred Harrison, who lives in Akron, is charged with misdemeanor assault following the brawl that erupted during a Steelers-Browns party Dec. 10 at the Rhine View VFW post on Copley Road.

All three have pleaded not guilty and are due back in court Feb. 2. Their attorney, Michael Bowler, declined comment.

The misdemeanor assault charges carry a maximum jail sentence of six months. Disorderly conduct does not allow for jail time.

The VFW event was advertised as a rivalry party for Browns and Steelers fans and promoted the appearance of Harrison's parents and $2 beer specials. About 100 people attended to watch the game on TV.

Police say a brawl broke out around halftime of the Thursday night party and at least four people were bloodied and bruised from being struck with beer bottles. Tables were overturned, beer bottles were broken and food was strewn about the club, witnesses said.

James Harrison attended Coventry High School and Kent State University and was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year during the Steelers' championship season last winter.
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runs in the family.
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Default Re: Assault charges reduced against Steelers' siblings

I wonder if the brawl ensued after a heated argument about Joe Thomas' blatant holding of Silverback not being called.

Hosting a party for a Browns-Steelers game for Browns and Steelers fans was failed from the start. You cannot put that many people, passionate about their teams, plus $2 bottles of beer in the same building with minimal security and expect peace to be kept.
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Should have invited Madea to that party - she'd have opened a can of whoop azz.

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Not the brightest of ideas, as RoethlisBURGHer pointed out.
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