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Published: Wednesday, 12/12/2012

Four involved in small-scale riot placed on electronic monitoring


Four of the six people recently arrested after a disturbance in the Lucas County courthouse turned into a small-scale riot were placed on electronic monitoring pending their cases in common pleas court.

Markella Lawrence, 30, of 420 Elizabeth St.; Angel Bowman, 35, and Sonia Nieto, 32, both of 230 ½ Webster St.; and Myesha Newton, 19, of 6365 Glenridge Rd. are each charged with aggravated rioting. Ms. Bowman is also charged with retaliation and Ms. Nieto faces an additional assault charge.

The four women each pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charges and were released on their own recognizance with the added condition of electronic monitoring.

Also pleading not guilty Wednesday was Anthony Mitchell, 39, of 828 Magnolia St., who is charged with one count of aggravated rioting and two counts of retaliation. He remains in custody in lieu of an $80,000 but Judge Gary Cook set a Dec. 18 date to review an updated bond report.

The five plus co-defendant Antoine Pernell, 36, of 812 Walbridge St. were arrested by officers responding to a small-scale riot that occurred outside the courthouse on Nov. 28. The incident was precipitated by a sentencing in which Anthony Mitchell, Jr., 16, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for a rape conviction.

Mr. Pernell posted a $25,000 bond last week. He is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 19.

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