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Ravenna police arrest one after two people shot outside downtown bar

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: May 26, 2013 4:00 AM

A Cleveland man has been arrested and charged with shooting two people outside a Ravenna bar early Saturday morning, according to Ravenna police.

Police Capt. David Rarrick said officers responded at 12:36 a.m. to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of The Den Lounge, 110 N. Meridian St. Two victims who suffered gunshot wounds were transported to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, he said. Both were struck in the legs.

One of the victims was later transported to Akron City Hospital because of the severity of the injury, Rarrick said. The injuries are not considered life-threatening, he said. The victims' names will be released after family is notified.

An investigation revealed that a fight had taken place in the parking lot. Two suspects fled but were later found two blocks from the scene, Rarrick said. Both were detained, with Brian L. Weems III, 37, being charged with two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies.

Weems was booked and taken to the Portage County jail pending an initial court appearance. More serious charges may be filed following his court appearance and after the case is presented to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office and a Portage County grand jury.

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Rarrick said the police investigation continues.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Ravenna police at 330-296-6486.

Weems has a significant criminal records in Cuyahoga County. He was sentenced to two years in prison in December 1998 after pleading guilty to robbery, a second-degree felony, in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. In February 2003, he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony, and was placed on one year probation, records show.

In February 2006, Weems pleaded no contest to a charge of felonious assault, another second-degree felony, and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Charges of felonious assault and having weapons under felony disability were dismissed in April 2012 after Weems was charged in an Oct. 23, 2011, incident, according to Cuyahoga County court records.

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anonymous Jun 2, 2013 12:24 PM

All the scumbags should be removed for society and locked in a cage for about 10 years. There is something at the bar that is drawing this type of a person. I say close the bar.

lamar May 29, 2013 10:34 AM

I am in no way defending Weems for his past and present actions but do feel it needs to be noted that the gun he shot the victims with wasn't his gun....it was that of one of the victims. from what I have been told by numerous people whom witnessed the shooting....these two men tried to rob Weems at gunpoint and their plan backfired when he took their gun and shot them both with their own gun! They are all criminals and I hope all three men are charged!!

anonymous May 27, 2013 5:21 PM

Wasnt this the same bar they tried to close before? This scumbag was violating the gun laws. He is a criminal and by law not allowed to have a gun. I guess that shows who the gun laws would affect.

armyfirstsergeant May 27, 2013 5:01 PM

Trawl Im not sure what point you are trying to make.

As a convicted felon, Mr. Weems is prohibited from exercising his Second Amendment right to bear arms (see 18 USC 922). The story states Weems was convicted in 1998 and 2003 of felony charges. His 2011 felony arrest was dismissed. The Weems of this world are already barred from having or possessing firearms. Sezwho - Now if only the courts will uphold/ enforce the punishments for Weems breaking the law. It seems the police have already done their job.

trawl May 27, 2013 3:43 PM

Seems Weems has a long history of exercising his Second Amendment Rights. Of course there are those who will say the Weems of this world shouldn't have access to firearms but then those same people do everything they can to ensure the Weems of this world continue having access to firearms. Least he shoots legs and not center mass.

trawl May 27, 2013 3:43 PM

OTOH Ravenna is known for a burg where drinking and fighting is a pass time so ....

Ian_Maserb May 27, 2013 11:51 AM

I'm sure this has something to do with trash hauling. Maybe hauling the trash from Cleveland away should be bundled into the trash hauling deal.

sezwho May 26, 2013 10:56 PM

The wild, wild west in downtown Ravenna.

Will the cops in town EVER get the upper hand on crime?