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Police: Juveniles assault staff at Forest County center

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By The Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

MARIENVILLE — 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.



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