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Reynoldsburg: School custodian finds burn marks on restroom floor

A fire occurred sometime May 27 in a girls restroom at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

According to police reports, a custodian reported the restroom smelled like smoke and the floor was burned. The reporting officer said there was a charred piece of paper on the floor of a bathroom stall, along with burn marks on the floor and remnants of a chocolate bar, a graham cracker and a large marshmallow.

The officer said the bathroom was "extremely smoky" and had to be closed.

Surveillance video revealed only one student entering and exiting the restroom, but the student said the bathroom smelled like smoke when she went in to use the mirror.

The girl's belongings were searched, but nothing was found to link her to the incident, so she was released to go back to class, the officer said.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• A woman said three juvenile girls tried to kick in the front door at about 5:34 p.m. May 24 at her residence in the 7500 block of Stonetrail Way.

The woman said she asked all three to leave her property after they knocked on her door, but when she closed the door, they all started kicking it. She said one of the girls had been harassing her daughter since a fight had occurred on a bus May 7.

The reporting officer said a witness confirmed the girls kicked the door, then one of the girls urinated in the front yard. The girls sped away in a red Hyundai, according to the witness.

• Officers took custody of a developmentally disabled man after he threw hot soup on a caretaker at 7:06 p.m. May 25 at a group home in the 6300 block of Retton Road. The reporting officer said he attempted to talk to the man, but the man is unable to speak.

A caretaker said she believes the man is jealous because there is a new resident in the home. She said she was making dinner when he began to lunge at her as if was going to hit her, then when she walked away, he threw a bowl of hot noodles at her, causing minor burning to her neck, left arm and back.

She refused to be transported to the hospital, but officers transported the man to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for evaluation.

• A man reported his 1986 Chrysler sedan was stolen just before 2:25 p.m. May 27 from where it was parked at a business in the 1900 block of Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Road. He said he had started the car to prepare to leave for lunch, then went back into the business at 2:20 p.m., leaving the car running. He then heard the vehicle leave the parking lot and saw an unknown black man driving it, according to the police report.

The driver was described as being 25 to 30 years old, wearing his hair in dreadlocks. He had a medium build and was 5-feet, 10-inches to 6-feet, 2-inches tall. He was wearing a black T-shirt.

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