Kent man who shot handgun in the air during Halloween 2012 festivities gets fine, community service

Record-Courier staff report Published:

A Kent man has been ordered to perform community service, pay a fine and take an alcohol education class after pleading guilty to lesser charges for firing a gun into the air in Kent over Halloween weekend 2012.

Lawrence R. LaCivita, 23, of 1025 Anna St., pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, in Portage County Municipal Court in Kent. Judge Barbara Oswick sentenced him to 30 days in the Portage County jail and fined him $250 plus court costs. All of the jail term and $100 of the fine was suspended on the condition LaCivita perform 24 hours of community work service, complete an alcohol awareness program at Kent State University and commit no crimes for one year, according to court records.

Kent police arrested LaCivita on charges he was intoxicated when he fired a handgun twice into the air in the 1100 block of Lake Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. He then allegedly ran from a Kent police officer before being caught and arrested. Charges of having weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor, obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor, and discharging firearms on or near prohibited premises, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, were amended to a lone count of disorderly conduct, and the balance dismissed on a motion by the Portage County Prosecutor's Office, according to court records.

LaCivita was one of more than 50 people arrested by law enforcement in Kent during the unofficial Halloween celebrations in the city on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, 2012.

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