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Reynoldsburg: Officers find naked man sleeping in flowerbed

Reynoldsburg police officers found a naked man asleep in a flowerbed at the front entrance of a business parking lot.

The reporting officer said he found the man asleep at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 13 in the parking lot of a business in the 2400 block of Brice Road. He said the man was "lying on his side, curled up with a landscape bush in the mulch landscape bed."

The officer said he located a pile of clothes and an empty vodka bottle nearby and woke the man up. He said the man was cooperative, identified himself and said "he did not know how he had gotten there," according to the police report.

He told police he had taken the bus to go to his friend's house, then started drinking and did not remember anything after that. He said he did not remember taking his clothes off. The officer said the man admitted to being homeless.

No charges were filed and the officers transported the man to the Maryhaven Engagement Center.

In other police reports:

* A Reynoldsburg teacher called police at 10 p.m. Sept. 18 after she tried to transport a juvenile student home but no one answered the door to let the boy into his residence on Redwood Street.

The teacher told officers she found the boy sitting near Waggoner Road Middle School wearing his football gear and waiting to be picked up. She said the boy said his mother was supposed to get him at 8 p.m. but never showed up. The teacher drove the boy home but all the doors were locked.

The reporting officer said the boy did not have a key to his residence and because no one could reach his mother, he transported the boy to Franklin County Children's Services.

* Police responded to a report that three juvenile boys were passing around a handgun at 3:14 p.m. Sept. 17 at the corner of East Main Street and Hanson Road. The reporting officer said he located two of the boys and talked to one boy's mother, who ordered her son to relinquish a Smith & Wesson MP40 Airsoft gun.

The woman told the officer she knew the other boys hid a black BB gun in bushes in front of a house on Green Tree Road. The officer found and confiscated that gun, a black "Stinger" P305 Airsoft gun.

* A pit bull mix dog jumped into a Reynoldsburg police officer's lap while he sat in his cruiser with the door open at 3:51 p.m. Sept. 14 in front of a residence in the 6300 block of Birchview Drive South.

The officer said he was in the area because of a prior pit bull complaint on Birchview when the dog jumped into his lap as he was filling out a citation. He said the owner of the dog said it was an American bulldog/boxer mix and that she has insurance on the animal.

The officer told the woman that pit bulls are prohibited in Reynoldsburg and that she would be cited if she did not remove her dog.

* In another dog incident, a woman reported she and her dog were bitten by two pit bulls running loose Sept. 16 in the 1700 block of Lucks Road.

The reporting officer said he found the woman holding her dog; the woman pointed out the residence where the pit bulls had come from.

The officer said the owner of the pit bulls said the dogs ran out when he opened his door. Witnesses said they heard the woman screaming and they helped to keep the dogs away from her and her dog, according to the police report.

The officer said the woman had cuts and scratches on her left hand and wrist area and that her Pomeranian had a puncture wound on his tail.

The officer cited the dog owner for dogs at large and for two counts of harboring a vicious animal.

* In yet another dog incident, officers were dispatched at 6:18 p.m. Sept. 17 to a residence in the 1600 block of Shively Road because witnesses said a pit bull had gotten out and was chasing children. The reporting officer said he found the dog and its owner but the dog in question did not appear to be a pit bull.

The owner said the dog is a mastiff, not a pit bull. The officer did find another dog on the property, however, that did appear to be a pit bull mix. He advised the owner that pit pulls are prohibited in Reynoldsburg but did not issue a citation. He said he would get back to her with a follow-up visit.

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