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Lee Co. deputies break up fight at skating rink

Deputies stepped in to break up a fight at the Stardust skating rink on Saturday. (Source: WALB) Deputies stepped in to break up a fight at the Stardust skating rink on Saturday. (Source: WALB)
The fight happened at Stardust on Ledo Road some time Saturday night. (Source: WALB) The fight happened at Stardust on Ledo Road some time Saturday night. (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals (Source: WALB) Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals said he has already started talking with Stardust owners about changes that he says will have to be made at the skate center for his deputies to keep working security there.

"We are going to be discussing some changes that we've come up with. With the skating rink and hopefully we can work things out.  So we can start trying to level this thing off a bit," said Rachals.

A fight broke out at Stardust on Ledo Road around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Rachals said at 11 Saturday night a 12 year old Lee County boy and a 14 year old Lee County boy started fighting a 15 year old Albany boy inside the Stardust 2 Skate Center, and then the fight moved into the parking lot.

As his two deputies moved in to stop it, the 15 year old attacked the officers.

"One struck at the officer and struck him in the chin. Then in the process he turned and hits the jail officer," said Rachals.

Major Claudia Tupper suffered bruising to her face and back of her head.  

Lt. Paul Rouse took the 15 year old down, and suffered a knee injury. He could be facing surgery.

All three boys were charged with disorderly conduct. The 15 year old with felony obstruction.  

Sheriff Rachals suspects the fight was gang related, and calls the incident shocking.

"There is a lot of good kids that go to that thing, and it should be continued as a good thing for Stardust and Lee County," said Rachals. 

The three boys were released to the custody of their parents Saturday after they were charged.

Sheriff Rachals called the Skate Center business an asset to the community, and most of the kids there good.

But he said there were about 200 kids there at the time of the fight, and more security personnel were needed.

The Stardust owners said they had nothing more to say about the incident today.

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