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October 15, 2013

Man arrested at New Castle football game

NEW CASTLE — A Mercer County man wanted in Ohio was arrested for an alleged disturbance at New Castle’s football game Friday night.

New Castle police said Anthony Matthew Dillon Sr., 53, of Sharpsville argued with and cursed at police and school officials while they were trying to calm a disturbance in the stands. They later discovered Dillon was wanted on a warrant for failing to show for an arraignment in Trumbull County, Ohio, court.

Police said they were sent to Taggart Stadium for a disturbance where a group of people rooting for West Allegheny were seated in the wrong section of the bleachers. Officers worked with the district’s principals to restore order in the section and one of the principals, Ralph Blundo, told the group several times that if they would sit down and relax they could stay there, police said.

However, after multiple attempts to quell the disorder, one fan swore and Blundo ordered them to move to the appropriate section of the stadium or they would be removed from the premises, police said.

Some were still yelling, others grabbed their belongings to move, and Dillon stood and was screaming that they were not moving and that the school officials and police could not make them do so, according to police.

Dillon’s actions incited the crowd, police said, and they threatened to arrest him. He swore at them again and was handcuffed and escorted out.

Officers took him to the city police station and found he had no identification. When they ran a check through the 911 center, they found Dillon had an active traffic warrant from Trumbull County.

New Castle police also have charged him with being a fugitive from justice and disorderly conduct as a result of his alleged behavior at the football game.

He is being held on $1,500 bond on those charges and is awaiting extradition.

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