Law Firm Representing Beaver Falls Will Also Be Defending Councilman’s Son In Beating Case

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Still image from a cellphone video of the attack showing an unidentified man kicking 32 year old Patrick Castellano of Industry.

A lawyer from the same law firm which represents the City of Beaver Falls will be defending a Beaver Falls Councilman’s son in the Blue Steel beating case, the Beaver Countian has learned.

Marlo Dame Cleckley Jr. turned himself into police today on an outstanding warrant on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and disorderly conduct, for his alleged role in an attack on 32 year old Patrick Castellano of Industry.

Cleckley is the son of Marlo Cleckley Sr., who has served as a member of Beaver Falls City Council since 2009.

Along with Cleckley, Craig Rawl Jr., 21 of New Brighton, Michael Dee Stevenson, 22 of Beaver Falls, and Larance Armoni Lowe, 22 of Aliquippa, were also charged in the attack, which took place outside of the Blue Steel club in Monaca during the early morning hours of Thanksgiving day.

Court records show that Michael F. Santicola, from the law firm of Sainovich, Santicola & Steele, is now listed as the criminal defense attorney for Marlo Dame Cleckley Jr. Attorney Shannon L. Steele, also from the same firm, currently serves as the City of Beaver Falls Solicitor.

Although both attorneys are from the same firm, the City of Beaver Falls is not in anyway involved in paying for Cleckley’s defense.

As of the time of this report, Cleckley is currently being held in the Beaver County Jail after failing to post a $25,000 bond in the case.

A cellphone video provided to the Beaver Countian by a witness of the assault shows Patrick Castellano being drop kicked in the head, and a second video taken moments later shows the man laying unconscious and bloody while a group of people continue to violently attack him. Castellano was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he was admitted. The man was released Friday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.

Readers of the Beaver Countian helped to identify some of the suspects and witnesses to the assault after video of the attack was released by this publication.

89 comments

  • That’s a conflict of intrest in my opinion! The City of BF will forever be associated with yet another violent case involving someone by the name of Cleckley. Furthermore, if he is found not guilty THE CITY will be associated with the verdict because his dad is a councilman!

  • Look at the good in all this, aliquippa, new Brighton, and Beaver falls all got along and worked together for once (sarcasm). What’s a shame is Beaver County will just give them a slap on the wrist. It’s time Beaver County starts Manning up n punishing these lil wanna bes

  • SO glad I no longer live there ! WTF has happened to Beaver County it used to be a NICE place to live……and then there is this hot mess of retarded and using your office to “protect” one of your own .

  • when are those partners in that firm going to on there own and realize they are basis of the firm he brought sheriff and aliquippa to the table…. loyalty? or slice of soul already gone?

    • i just posted the same thing….seriously they have no clue they just see the name and automaticly assume but they dont see when cleckley names are in the paper for honor role and such things…

  • There is no conflict of interest. This is a non story. Title should read “SHERIFF’S attorney’s firm is involved so SOMETHING must be wrong.”

    If a person knows an attorney it is natural for them to ask for their help if needed. I am not defending this suspect’s actions, but come on John Paul this is really bs.

    Please find another subject or change the name from Beaver Countian to “Sheriff David’s website.”

    You are just feeding the haters and the story is getting so old and the intelligence level is sinking with every story.

  • I basically typed up a whole paper on this comment box to inform some of you irrational people about yourselves and lack of knowledge you actually have. I decided to erase it and just say this. Down talk beaver falls all you want. I love beaver falls, raised there and now im almost finished with college. FUCK YOU is all im going to say. Beaver Falls is a great place with great people just like anywhere else. And just like anywhere else there are bad people, but I assure you the councilman’s son is not a bad kid at all. Very smart and great kid and one of my good friends, he will learn from this and he is not proud of this.

    • So, he just had too much to drink and made a mistake?? Oh, or was he just with some bad people and made the wrong choice… maybe his father is a good person but doesn’t seem to be a very good parent. Hopefully like any mortified parent, he’ll leave his ass in jail for a few days..

  • Wow… I can’t believe what I been reading on here.. garbage really?? These are the types of comments that get ppl in trouble… Before you speak of someone or decide to talk bad about them you should do your research… Only trash I see is the ignorant ppl and their ignorant comments on this status…. Good day!!!

  • As a resident of Beaver Falls…I have a few things to say…as a taxpayer in this city I hope I am NOT paying for his defense…and yes people are quick to judge…but the ones defending these suspects are only making themselves look bad…it doesn’t matter how nice, good, educated, blah blah blah you are…if you break the law, you are a CRIMINAL…and if he turned himself in, that is the first step in his right to a trial…and I am sorry, but when you name call…you’re just as bad as the ones you are calling names…

  • While we’re talking about name calling and how terrible these people are none of yall heard this man call them boys a (N*****) or seen how he kept fucking with them b4 they snapped and I mean nobody really took the time to think about why this happen! yall just ready to point fingers. I’m not saying wat they did was right but I’m saying that man’s actions was a result in wat happen in the end and if he wants to be mad at anyone he needs to be mad at himself for being how ever old he is and not being able to hold his liquor. Its about to be 2014 wake ppl this the real world not sum tv show kno who ur fucking with now a days cuz clearly ppl don’t do too well with disrespect!

    • Yes, because dropping kicking someone in the head, and curb stomping someone, when they are CLEARLY down, is absolutely the best way to deal with being called a fucking name.

      Yes, how did we ALL miss that rationale there?
      (In case you’re a little slow, I’M BEING SARCASTIC)

  • All of you should probably watch what you say. Certainly none of you are perfect. And certainly none of your families are perfect. We as families are all guilty at one point…we all make mistakes..some larger than others. But I will speak in defense of Cleckley family. Great people…smart…loving…caring…of course it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t get you out if trouble. But when it does matter is when you all slander their name and continue to make awful comments. So if you have nothing good to say don’t say it at all. He is one of my friends as well…and of course he made a bad choice…but that does not mean that he is a bad person and comes from a bad family.

  • He’s such a wonderful person … So wonderful he stomped on a guys head ( no matter what the guy said ) along with his boys while this guy was down . How wonderful and educated he is . I mean seriously this guy had it coming , so one guy just knock his lights out and walk away . Thats how a grown up handles his business . Problem is these where 21 year old punks . Cowards . It’s gang mentality . I’ve worked all over this county . beaver falls and alliquippa take the cake ! Sure there is bad people in every town but all you have to do is read the paper in police and fire and look at where the vast majority of these crimes and arrests are taking place, and where these criminals are from . Numbers don’t lie ! Look at the price of housing in these towns and ask yourself why property value is so low . Again numbers don’t lie . Look at the amount of run down houses in these towns. Ask yourself why .

  • That mf had everything that came to him then if he wants to start calling people n****rs cause they are fucking great people especially mike. Lucky I wasn’t there I would have beat that dudes ass too

    • I don’t give two shits who you are, or who you THINK you are, there is NO CALL to do what these punk ass kids with their gang mentality did.

      And its sooooo easy to talk your shit behind a keyboard and screen. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Then tell me how come this is his first offense? If he is such a criminal shouldn’t he have more offenses on his record? Last I checked we were talking about one man marlo cleckley Jr. Not the whole cleckley family so why you bring them up? His family and what they did in the past shouldn’t be reflected on one person!

  • Right joe .. cause jumping in and beating “that dudes ass” is the right thing to do ?!!!? Smh ! See this is what the problem is with todays youth . That comment was a prime example of the problem with the youth now . Yes this guy ran his mouth and said something stupid and uneducated . Did he deserve a punch in the mouth ? Absolutely !!! Did he deserve his head stomped in by multiple attackers . No ! It’s wrong no matter how ya twist it

  • It is a direct correlation. Doesn’t mean everyone with that name is bad. However, from a scientific perspective one could conclude that any violent act or drug charge is linked to someone bearing that name in that city. Based on statistics. That my friend can only be created by the people with the same name. Now, if that bothers you I apologize. Maybe it would be wise to affiliate themselves with good deeds so that the judgment laid out by the people no longer holds any ground.

  • None of your opinions matter, they did what they did and there’s no changing that. The guy deserved to get hit…(he fell down and got back up and charged them again)he didn’t deserve what he got when he was laying on the ground..but it happened. The people that did it made a mistake and I’m sure they realize it but only time will tell what will happen to them. All they can do is learn from this. There’s no need for any of you ignorant people judging anyone over it, you don’t personally know them …and you especially have no right to judge the whole cleckly family over the incident or past incidents.

  • I made it clear abouti thro
    owing the Cleckley name around yesterday!! Get over urselves!! As a long-time bartender in the day! No matter wat the color of ur skin add alcohol and there going to be problems!! And by the way, where was his friends??? This is a STUPIDITY problem!!! Stop judging ppl by race or any other reason!! I deplore violence but, be prepared for someone else foot in ur mouth if u think u can continue to run ur mouth!!! Jesus, please take the wheel!!!!!

  • So I guess everytime Julie Jackson reads the paper or hear the news about drugs or violence she sees a cleckleys name. Bitch get the fuck outta here trying to slander my family. With you scientific bullshit.

  • “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation…. in short, all we saw was a clip of the video tape, which, unfortunately sheds a bad light on these young men, but we do not know what provocation prompted these young men to fight. All were in a club, drinking alcohol with young testosterone and egos, one should not be so quick to label these young men as criminals, hoodlums, or any of the other under cover “code words” for nigger that have been used on this post. dont be so quick to allow frothy emotional appeal to cloud sond judgement. Normal people view this as an unfortunate, preventable, fight that got pretty bad between some young men, those with ignorance and racial predjudice view these kids as criminals,Hell, they were some kids who got into a fight,! the aggressors in the fight have not had a chance to be heard

  • They beat a man almost to death. Not 1 not 2 or 3 all of em. Idc what the reason is behind it. And this ain’t just a club or alcohol related incident. niggas have been known to lick a nigga for everything they got jus cuz. This wanna be hood nigga shit gotta go

  • i agree what happenned was wrong, but every action causes a reaction, they are on tape, but it is only fair to judge the incident by the whole episode and not just 38 secs of tape, because it doesnt tell the whole story(the tape).. what if this guy provoked them, what if he spit on them(not saying that warrants that type of beating) but i am only saying we need to judge this incident with the whole view, not just a partial one, unfortunately only those who were there can do that, and it will come out in court and the due process afforded to every citezen of this country will be extended to them, we live in a country where one isnt(shouldnt be) convicted with out having all the facts, we shouldnt judge them, until we have heard theyre side

  • Wow the comments that fall under these news articles are self embarrassment. Granted 4 to 1 is some sideline coward shit in my opinion but shit add alcohol to any large group or any event with the “N” word bombing the crowd and some serious shits bound to go down. He shouldve known that for starters. From all the stories I’m hearing there was no self control on either side. So remember folks theres always 2 sides to a story….

  • i just dont agree with all of the generalizing and steroetyping, it has nothing to do with family name, nor place of residency or even race( which some are covertly trying to make the issue, it has everything to do with our youth are getting further away from us… He comes from a good family(Cleckley) and His Parent have made great sacrifices to raise him right, and they succeeded,the kids just made a bad choice! we should all be thankful it wasnt worse, and concentrate on preveting unfortunate incident such as this from happening again

  • You can generalize them just off this video everyone judged George Zimmerman off the facts. Like its plain as day the character they use when intoxicated. Its horrible to judge cuz they are good people just do dumb things but same as every other criminal. Wrong place wrong time. Or just bad decisions. The one on one shoulda been the end. They kept goin and that’s the crime. Not the fight not the beef. Once they knocked him out once that shoulda been it.

  • And to say someone deserves to be stomped out cuz he was talkin shit? I wonder how much of that was not Lettin a group of dudes bitch you. Cuz that’s what they like to do don’t take offense if not guilty. Cuz usually shit is started jus so they can stomp him or jump him. They shoulda fought like men and then sepereated. But how often do beaver county fights go one on one? How many fight when they’re alone? Exactly

  • when i say generalizing i am referring to how they are saying EVERYONE from bf is bad, or all members of certain families are bad, these are not fair and even further from true! it was wrong, and should not have happened, but people cant judge the whole family, or the whole town off of a bad descion made by an otherwise good individual

  • i never said he deserved it, because he didnt! what i am saying is we dont know what he did to provoke them…. we dont know all the facts, and that is what we should have before we make judgments, i am not so sure he was an innocent victim in all this, he surely did not deserve that type of beating, but he JUST MIGHT have provoked them. Pride gets alotta folks hurt, instead of not getting punked he could have walked away, especially if he is the innocent good samaritan everyone is portraying him to be, he May have wanted to fight, and unfortunately he got the short end of the stick(although he was jumped)… it coulda been a fair fight, but it wasnt, who fights fair nowadays, there shouldnt have been a fight, but there was, we dont live in a perfect world, and none of us are exempt from doin things we shouldnt

  • THOSE OF US, LIKE YOURSELF, WHO ARE GIFTED IN THIS MANNER, WE MUST LEARN TO SEE THINGS FROM A HIGHER PLANE, SO WE CAN SEE HOW TO AVOID THESE OBSTACLES IN OUR COUNTY AND IN FRONT OF OUR YOUTH

  • That is how progress is made! I don’t know who’s guilty or innocent. I can only go off the facts. Sure the other Guy is just as accountable as is the bar. The statements and questions I have about the name association are valid questions that need to be examined in order to make any change! In order to REPAIR the negative image that maybe a few have created.I never once said anything derogatory of the family. I just raised questions that should provoke thought.

  • WE ALL MUST FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS AND NOT CAST BLAME FOR OUR (COMMUNITIES) PROBLEMS, REALIZING, THAT IF WE ARE NOT A PART OF THE SOLUTION THEN WE ARE THE PROBLEM! IT IS SO EASY FOR EVERYONE TO SIT BACK AND SAY THIS SHOULD BE LIKE THIS, AND THAT SHOULD BE LIKE THAT, BUT UNTIL WE MAKE AN EFFORT AND TAKE A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO MAKING WHERE WE LIVE A BETTER PLACE, THEN WE BECOME GUILTY OF LIPSERVICE. I, TOO, AM GUILTY OF THIS, BUT DAMN MAN THINGS ARE GETTING RIDICULOUS AND IT WILL ONLY CHANGE IF PEOPLE CHANGE IT…. IF NOTHING CHANGES, NOTHING CHANGES!!

  • WHAT IT TAKES FOR CHANGE IS THE ATTITUDE YOU JUST DISPLAYED…. IT TAKES A BIG PERSON, A WISE WOMAN TO SEE, HEY, MAYBE I DIDNT EXAMINE THIS FULLY, LET ME LOOK AT IT AGAIN SOME FOLKS WILL SEE IT AND STILL NOT SEE IT, BUT MATURITY AND INSIGHT HAS SHOWN IT TO YOU! SOME , BECAUSE OF PRIDE WILL REFUSE TO LOOK AT JUST FACTS!! THIS IS WHY PEOPLE,ARE TO WORK TOGETHER , WE CAN IMPART TO ONE ANOTHER DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND POINTS OF VIEW, I STILL BELIEVE THERE IS GOOD IN THIS COUNTY, I AM PROUD TO BE A RESIDENT OF BEAVER FALLS!!!

  • It saddens me to see the DISEASE that plagues this entire area! I moved back here from Detroit after 10 years because THIS is home! Countless people I know have died because of pills, and heroin, and violence! When will we take a stand and say no more? We are lost in the pool of “I can’t make a change by myself!” So we accept this as the norm.

  • STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES …BUT NAMES WILL NEVER HURT ME….Name calling and it takes all of them to beat one guy? That’s absolutely NO EXCUSE because they got called a name…..In life we all get called names..no excuse but they will use it to get out of it, maybe it will work maybe not, it’s time to set an example so it DOES NOT happen again.

  • Julie Jackson you did say that from a scientifict perspective that one could conclude that any violent act or drug charge is linked to someone bearing the name cleckley in beaverfalls. That’s why i said quit slandering my family because its not true.

  • The one who got the hell beat out of him started the fight.. he hit one of the young men first he was also intoxicated calling them all niggers, not at all saying what they did was right however had he not made his ignorant comments and tried to swing it wouldn’t have happened.. like I said both parties was in the wrong so let’s not point the finger to only one side when both was wrong.

  • there are and should be consequences for any negative actions, but let the consequences reflect the WHOLE situation, cutt the games, let’s end the witchhunt, i mean really, people attacking his father, the entire family, and further more town? His fathe and motherr happen to be upstanding members of the community! How many of us hold respectable positions, and yet have children who at times have gone adrift or astray from what we have instilled? cut the games, let he who is with out sin, cast the first stone….Young folks made bad choices, and this is the summation of this whole subject

  • YOOO I haven’t smoked weed since college but reading these niggas typing theasus length statements Damn, I’m laughing so hard I feel high……

    But on point little Marlo wasnt he in trouble few years back?

    Then daddy gets new law firm to represent city just happens to be the firm that helped little Marlo?

    Fast forward present day same firm representing Marlo. hmmmmmmm

    I’m cool with Shannon good girl known her since elementary school. But other cats got some bad wraps I mean these guys are white trash of the white collar world. Just saying but for real keep that spell check on I’m liking it.

  • with actions come consequences and they deserve anything they get and im friends with all of the people that are guilty (grew up with every single one of them). All in all that doesn’t make any of them trash or where they are from trash. If beaver falls is trash for beating people up then majority white dominated school districts, for example: Blackhawk…is trash for having a large quantity of racist people and the highest number of registered sex offenders. See where im headed? You can say anywhere is trash in beaver county if you want to link crimes or moral correctness since morality is utterly subjective which depends on proper behavior. All in all the moral of this story is, you can’t call someone or a place trash based on something like this. “Numbers don’t lie” ^^ (previous comment), Let’s not talk numbers, anybody can resort to numbers…..It’s about rationale people. Happy holidays:)

  • Just going to say this…

    1) Don’t act like you know the cleckley’s
    AND
    2) Don’t act like you know Beaver Falls

    I know what they did was wrong..he didn’t deserve to be stomped out either, but you weren’t there and that man is not innocent! Marlo Cleckely and Mike Stevenson are great people who made a mistake. I know them personally and both happen to my good friends. I’m not being bias in this situation, they made a mistake to take it further than necessary. However, the man is 32, control your liquor and watch your mouth buddy. Beaver Falls sticks together, that’s the best way I can describe these actions. Once a tiger always a tiger! IF I HAD 25,000 I WOULD BAIL MARLO OUT TOMORROW IF I COULD!

    P.S. These people involved are not proud and neither is the city of Beaver Falls so keep your bullshit moving!

    • So, 1) because he’s a drunken, loudmouthed idiot that can’t control his liquor and 2) BF sticks together…means he deserves to have his head stomped on while he’s down?!

  • Im with you Joshua Mcfrazier, regardless of what this guy did and what he said. Noone deserves 6 different peoples STOMPING your head in. A good ass whooping by ONE of them would have sufficed. HE got knocked out, why couldn’t those boys have left it at that? now you have 6 “kids” who are all gonna pay cause they thought it would be cool to kick a man while he was down.

  • i dont feel anyone deserves that type of beating, my stance is that he MAY have provoked it, i mean, did they jump on him for nothing or was he a willing participant, that is what is factored in when in this type of case is prosecuted. they went overboard, but did the victim do anything to icite this fiasco?

  • Bad decisions were made well before this fight ever started. The bar and all parties involved all made bad decisions and it seems all have or will pay a price for it. Clecklys seem to get a bad rap just because one makes a bad decision doesn’t mean that he or the whole family are bad people. As bad as this situation is I think good can come out of it. The bars been shut down. Hopefully all parties will get some help and god willing change there ways. And remember the selflessness of two men that put themselves in harms way to protect a man they probably didn’t even know.

  • The one thing I keep hearing is people calling them “boys” and “kids”. They are all young men that are going to have to answer for what they did. Whether they were incited by the man or if they just decided to beat him down on a whim really doesn’t matter. They took what they thought was justice into there own hands and now will have to pay the consequences. Everyone could have made the decision to walk away or not drink as much or not go into a bar known for this type of behavior. I’ve been in these situations myself. To much alcohol to many drugs to much pride to walk away. Thank god I never physically hurt or killed anyone.