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4 youths to be charged in riot at Butler County juvenile treatment center

At least four youths will be charged in connection with a riot at a juvenile treatment center in Butler County, state police said Thursday.

The brawl broke out about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria of the Mid-Atlantic Youth Services center in Allegheny Township.

There were about 40 youths in the cafeteria, and as many as 20 were involved in the riot, Trooper Christopher Balcik said.

“There were a number of people in the room at the time, but not everybody was participating,” he said.

At least four youths will face aggravated assault and riot charges, Balcik said.

Eight staff members were injured while trying to break up the brawl. They were treated in Clarion Hospital in Clarion for bumps, bruises and “other things associated with being in a fight,” Balcik said.

Police still are investigating what sparked the riot. They are reviewing surveillance footage, and their investigation could take a week or two.

A person who answered the phone at the treatment facility declined to comment.

Tony Raap is a Tribune-Review staff writer.


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