A newly-elected Trustee in the Village of Salem Lakes was arrested this morning and charged with disorderly conduct. Jared Young, an eight year veteran of the U.S. Army was arrested just after midnight on June 5, 2023. Young, who was honorably discharged from the Army for PTSD, completed his second tour in Iraq even after being injured when his Humvee came under enemy fire.
According to the criminal complaint and a source that was present during the incident, Young became concerned when he learned his children were up very late Sunday night at a bon fire. He went to the location where the children were, and became verbally upset. He argued loudly with an adult at the fire. There were no allegations of any violence or harm done to anybody at the gathering.
The Kenosha DA’s office initially charged Young with two counts of disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor, which is the second lowest class in seriousness of punishment. Young’s attorney, Michael D. Cicchini argued in court today that the two charges were duplicitous, meaning both from the same event.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Larry Keating agreed with the defense attorney and dismissed one of the charges. Only one charge remains. This type of misdemeanor usually results in a fine or probation. Young was given a signature bond and pleaded not guilty.
KCE spoke with Young Monday afternoon and told us “I fought for this country and the rights we all enjoy. I am presumed innocent of this charge and will be fighting it in court. I will not be resigning my position. I am looking forward to moving past this and working hard for the people of Salem Lakes. My attorney advised me against saying anything else at this time.”
Reached Monday by email, newly-elected Village President Rita Bucur had the following to say:
“I am aware there was an incident involving Trustee Young, but am not privy to the details. However, in this country he is innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law. I expect he will continue in his obligation to the Village of Salem Lakes as Trustee.”