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Officers detain man carrying gun in Civic Park

Reynoldsburg police detained a man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a gun Sept. 29 at Civic Park, 6801 Daugherty Drive.

The reporting officer said seven different people called the police station that afternoon to report hearing shots fired in the park. Two officers who responded also heard the shots.

Police finally tracked down a man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a 9-mm handgun in his backpack, walking through the woods and creek from the park. He told police he wanted to imagine what it was like in Vietnam during the war.

Then he denied firing the gun and said he would not talk any more without a lawyer.

Police have not yet charged the man because no one actually saw him firing the weapon at Civic Park. His gun and vest were confiscated and the case was referred to the prosecutor's office for possible charges.

In other Reynoldsburg Police Department incident reports:

* A resident riled over piles of dog excrement in her yard said she was peeved enough about it to call police.

The reporting officer said he was dispatched Sept. 27 to the 7200 block of Daugherty Drive on a complaint about a neighbor's dog defecating in a yard and the mess not being cleaned up. The woman told the officer she continually finds large piles of dog feces in her yard and that she has been cleaning it up herself in a plastic bag and placing the bag on her neighbor's front porch.

The officer talked to the neighbor, who admitted the piles were probably left by her three dogs, since their leash reaches to her neighbor's property. The neighbor said the dogs are her pre-teen children's responsibility, but the officer told her she is required to have control of her dogs at all times and should make sure they don't cross onto her neighbor's property.

"I also suggested to (the woman who complained) that she discontinue placing baggies of dog waste on the porch of her neighbors," he wrote in the report.

* A power outage at about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 3 in the area of South Waggoner Road and Ridgemont Court was caused by a vehicle that hit a power pole after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

The reporting officer said the driver of a 2004 Chevy Silverado fell asleep. The vehicle then left the roadway and struck several objects, including an electric pole, which caused a power outage on the east side of Reynoldsburg. The officer said the man sustained minor injuries from the crash.

* Officers arrested two juvenile boys on theft charges Sept. 30 in the area of Steinway Drive after getting a report that someone in a black Dodge Ram truck was chasing after three young boys.

The officer said he found the truck and talked to its driver, who said he had listed a phone for sale on Craigslist and someone had responded. He was supposed to meet that person near Baldwin Road Elementary School.

He told police when he arrived, he was met by three juvenile boys. He said one ran away with the phone and another one of the juveniles tackled him. Police found two of the boys, who said they were going to sell the phone and split the money three ways.

* Police charged a woman with child endangering at 9:46 a.m. Oct. 2 at a business in the 8400 block of East Main Street after she left her infant in a car seat and her 2-year-old child standing in the driver's seat of her car.

The reporting officer said all the windows were rolled up in the car except the one on the driver's side, which was cracked open by about six inches. He said he waited about five minutes until the mother left the business with groceries, then placed her under arrest.

She was released on a summons and the officer contacted Franklin County Children Services about the case.

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