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Reynoldsburg: Juveniles spotted on roof of elementary school

A bright, teal-colored shirt helped an officer identify a girl who had been among a group of juveniles on the roof of a local elementary school.

Police responded to a trespassing complaint at 6:50 p.m. Aug. 18 at Slate Ridge Elementary School, 10466 Taylor Road. The reporting officer said he saw four or five juvenile boys and girls on the roof and all ran to the other side when they saw the police cruiser.

After driving around the building, the officer said he saw 10 juveniles standing on the playground; all denied they had been on the roof. One girl was wearing a teal-colored shirt, though, and when questioned by the officer, admitted she had been on the roof "just hanging out," according to the police report.

She was arrested for criminal trespass through Licking County Juvenile Court and transported to her residence, where her mother "had a hard time understanding that people cannot be on the school's rooftop," the officer wrote in the report.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• Officers responded to a complaint at 10 p.m. Aug. 15 that a man was harboring a pot-bellied pig at his residence in the 1800 block of Redwood Street.

The reporting officer said the man invited him into the home and said the pig is a five-month-old female named Tootles.

"His neighbors loved it," the report said.

The officer said this was the first pig complaint he had received, but believed the resident had violated city code concerning exotic animals.

The report was referred to the city attorney for review.

• An unlit license plate light led to an arrest of a man on two charges at 11:37 p.m. Aug. 17 in the 1700 block of Woodview Court West. The reporting officer said he stopped a red Infiniti because it did not have a working license plate light. He smelled an odor of marijuana in the car, so conducted a probable-cause search.

The officer found a loaded, .40-caliber Taurus 740 Slim in the vehicle's console and charged the driver with improper handling of a firearm and driving with a suspended license.

• Two juveniles were charged with disorderly conduct through Franklin County Juvenile Court after police dispersed a crowd of 20 juveniles around 3 p.m. Aug. 20 in the 6500 block of East Livingston Avenue.

The reporting officer said after police arrived, the juveniles refused to leave the area, "made gestures at the police cruiser and were arguing with officers." Police arrested two girls and a boy for disorderly conduct, then released them to the custody of their parents.