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Police: Juveniles assault staff at NW Pa. center

December 31, 2013
Associated Press

MARIENVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State police say four staff members were injured when as many as 11 juveniles rioted at a detention center in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The (Warren) Times Observer ( ) reports Tuesday that troopers responded to the incident about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Abraxas, a detention and treatment center about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Forest County.

Police say the juveniles — all between 14 and 17 — became unruly during free time in the center's gymnasium, injuring three staff. A fourth staffer was assaulted when some of the male juveniles entered a female dormitory.

Police say eight of the juveniles left the facility briefly, but three returned voluntarily. Police found the other five inside a vehicle on the center's grounds.

Abraxas officials haven't returned a call for comment on the staff, who were treated at Clarion Hospital.


Information from: Warren Times Observer,



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