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Reynoldsburg: High school senior 'tagged' with charges by police

Playing "senior tag" led to the arrest of a student on charges of falsification and trespassing, Reynoldsburg police reported.

The school resource officer at Reynoldsburg High School, 8579 Summit Road, said he received a radio transmission from a secretary reporting that seniors armed with water guns were playing senior tag outside the school at 11:40 a.m. Friday, April 4.

"Senior tag is a game that the seniors play," the officer wrote in the police report. "They break into teams and then compete each week against other team. The teams must 'shoot' members of the other team with water guns in order to 'get them out.' The last standing team is the winner."

The student arrested was identified as a senior at Everest High School, a charter school at 1555 Graham Road, Reynoldsburg.

The officer said he found the student holding a replica gun and shooting at other students.

He said the boy gave him a false last name when questioned about his actions and also got into a van and started to drive away. The officer yelled for him to stop, which he did, but while the officer talked to him, the student continually turned up the music to the van to make it difficult to hear.

He told the student he was trespassing because he did not attend the Summit Road school.

In other recent Reynoldsburg Police Department incident reports:

• A small dog bit a Reynoldsburg police officer who was responding to a domestic complaint at 3:30 p.m. April 9 at a residence in the 500 block of Brice Road.

In his report, the officer said he "encountered a small, white, aggressive dog" belonging to the resident.

"I was standing in the entryway to the home and the dog began to calm down for a moment," the officer wrote. "I took a step further into the home and was bit by the dog in my left shin, puncturing the skin."

The officer said he photographed his injuries and later confirmed that the dog was up to date on shots. The owner was not yet cited in the incident.

• An officer took possession of a dog he identified as a black/brown colored pit bull after he found the animal confined to a dirty cage in the basement of a home on Lynbridge Drive.

The reporting officer said he and other officers were dispatched at 9:15 p.m. April 6 to the residence because of a domestic violence complaint. The officer said he saw a cage in the basement containing a pit bull dog that appeared to be three to five months old. He said the dog's cage appeared to be saturated with urine and fecal matter.

"Due to the dog being in an excited state, it attempted to exit the cage by a small opening between the walls of the cage. ... However, each time the dog put its head in the opening, it would become tangled and choke itself," the officer wrote in the report. "I had to pull the walls of the cage apart several times in an effort to prevent the dog from suffocating."

The officer said he took custody of the dog and turned it over to the Franklin County dog warden.

Later that day, a representative from the county dog shelter said the animal would be returned to the owner if he paid for the impoundment fee, rabies shots and registration fees. She said the owner also had the option to surrender the dog for possible adoption. The officer said the man agreed to surrender the dog to avoid the fees and criminal charges.

• Police charged a man with aggravated menacing and possessing a firearm while intoxicated after he reportedly threatened to shoot people at a home in the 8400 block of Goldsmith Road.

The reporting officer said he responded to a complaint that a man was armed with a gun and threatening others at 10:33 p.m. April 4.

He said people were holding a man on the ground when officers arrived and had secured the gun.

A witness said the people involved had tackled the man after he waved the gun around and threatened to shoot others in the home. The witness said he took a Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistol from the man, who was arrested and transported to Franklin County jail.

• A man reported a rock shattered a second-story window at his residence in the 2000 block of Commons Road North at about 9:30 p.m. April 6.

He said he was watching television in his living room when he heard the window break.

The reporting officer said he was unable to locate any tracks or evidence, but did find a large rock in the living room behind a loveseat.

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