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Reynoldsburg: Firearm, drug charges filed after traffic incident on East Main St.

Reynoldsburg police arrested Terence Jacox, 46, Astra Circle, Reynoldsburg, on felony charges of improper handling of a firearm April 24 after he allegedly aimed a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun at a man in another car.

He also was charged with drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reynoldsburg police said a Franklin County deputy reported he was following the man with the gun at 2:14 p.m. April 24 as he was driving in the 6300 block of East Main Street and Brice Road.

The Reynoldsburg officer who stopped the car said he noticed Jacox had "an extremely strong odor of burnt marijuana on his breath and clothing." He said Jacox admitted he had been smoking marijuana.

Jacox told police the other driver yelled at him and made obscene gestures so he showed him his gun.

Police recovered a plastic bag of marijuana and a second handgun magazine from the front center console of the vehicle. The reporting officer said the 9mm handgun had a loaded magazine containing 16 live rounds of ammunition.

Jacox had a concealed carry weapons permit but was arrested for having the weapon while intoxicated, police said.

The officer said a grand jury packet will be submitted at a later date, once ballistics and testing are returned. He said the permit will be turned over to the sheriff's department from which it was issued.

In other police activity:

* A woman reported someone fired a shot through the window of her house April 20 in the 700 block of Crofton Circle. She told police she thought the hole in the window was from a rock in a slingshot, but the reporting officer said it likely came from a small BB or pellet. Estimate to replace the window was $100.

* A woman left a child unattended in a car around 10:30 a.m. April 24 while she went into the Reynoldsburg branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1402 Brice Road, to use a computer. The reporting officer said the car was parked in a handicapped space and another woman noticed the small child asleep inside and called police.

The owner of the car came out and asked the officer what was wrong and he asked if she "forgot about the child in the car." The woman told him she ran into the library to use the restroom and check the computer. She said the child was her niece. The officer charged her with child endangering.

* Two juveniles were charged with public indecency when they were caught engaging in sexual activity April 21 in a vehicle parked at Pine Quarry Park, 8000 Kingsley Drive. The reporting officer said he was dispatched to the park on a report of a juvenile with a BB gun, but found the two juveniles as he arrived in the parking lot.

He said the vehicle's stereo was "extremely loud" and a blanket had been placed between the front seat and back seat and that another young woman sat alone in the driver's seat.

* A school resource officer reported a female student assaulted a male student, punching him in the stomach, kneeing him in the side and shoving him into a wall at around 2 p.m. April 24 at Encore Academy, 8579 Summit Road. The officer said a surveillance video revealed the girl's actions and the fact the boy was pushed unexpectedly by the girl as he was walking down the hall. His cell phone flew from his hand and landed on the floor, breaking into several pieces, according to the report.

The girl claimed the boy was "talking about her best friend." She was suspended for 10 days, with a recommendation for expulsion. The officer said the incident is still under investigation to see if the boy's parents want to file assault charges.

* A male student was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing April 24 when he refused to leave Bell Academy, 6679 E. Livingston Ave. The school resource officer said he heard the boy yelling and swearing at the dean of students. When the boy's mother was called, she said she could not come pick him up because she was working, the officer reported.

The officer said the boy was given the option to walk home, but still refused to leave, so was handcuffed and arrested.