January 31, 2015

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Five charged in Brunswick after wild July Fourth party

Maria Kacik | The Gazette

BRUNSWICK — Several people left a Fourth of July block party in handcuffs after police attempted to subdue a riot that started after a neighbor was busted for setting off fireworks at a block party.

According to Brunswick police:

An officer responded to Bruce Drive and Trenton Trail about complaints of people setting off fireworks at 10:19 p.m. Saturday. Roads in the area were blocked off for the party.

Andrew Ciani, 45, of 4017 Trenton Trail, was found to have set off some fireworks in the street and was charged with discharging fireworks. While the officer was writing Ciani’s citation, partygoers gathered in a group and began yelling at him.

Once done with the citation, the officer walked toward one man — Jeff Babin, 21, of Columbia Station — who was screaming profanities at him. Babin walked away as the officer approached him. The officer grabbed his shirt and told him he was being charged with disorderly conduct, but Babin attempted to pull away.

A group of people encircled the officer and Babin and began to yell obscenities.

Another man — later identified as Babin’s father, Wesley Babin, 53, also of Columbia Station — attempted to pull the officer’s arm off Jeff and told him to let go of his son.

Jeff Babin pulled his shirt off and ran away, while Wesley Babin continued to hold onto the officer.

Wesley Babin was told he was under arrest and struggled with the officer while he was put in handcuffs. He was charged with obstructing official business, disorderly intoxication, rioting and resisting arrest and taken to the Brunswick Police Department.

A phone message was left at Jeff Babin’s home to come to the police department. He arrived shortly thereafter and also was charged with obstructing official business, disorderly intoxication, rioting and resisting arrest.

Other officers were called in to help handle the crowd of 40 to 60 partygoers who had gathered. People were yelling at officers and attempting to move in closer.

A police dog was brought in to help with security.

Lisa Bravchok, 38, of 4001 Trenton Trail, was yelling obscenities at officers. An officer told her she was being charged with disorderly conduct. But Michael Bravchok, 39, of 4001 Trenton Trail, grabbed the officer’s arm, spun him around, and attempted to pull him away from Lisa. He was charged with obstructing official business.

Another woman — Amanda Hill, 21, of Lakeline, Ohio — was charged with two counts of resisting arrest, disorderly intoxication and obstructing official business after she yelled obscenities at an officer who was talking to a man who had video of the block party.

Hill struggled with officers, who attempted to remove her from the area. After she was placed in the police car, she threatened the officer and banged her head on the car’s cage divider.

Officers worked the scene until 11:36 p.m.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.