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Man shoots self in foot while cleaning revolver

A 23-year-old man shot himself in the foot while cleaning his .38-caliber revolver, Westerville police reported.

The incident happened at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the man's home in the 500 block of Apple Street.

According to Westerville police reports, the man pulled back the hammer on the gun to check something, when the hammer slipped, causing the loaded gun to fire.

The man was treated for a minor injury to his pinkie toe at Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital.

St. Ann's called the police, as is protocol, to report the gun injury.

In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

* A 15-year-old Westerville South High School student was arrested and charged with assault at 2:09 p.m. Nov. 7 at the school, 303 S. Otterbein Ave., after she punched another student several times.

According to police reports, the girl approached another student, asking her to leave school grounds to engage in a fight.

After the other student refused, the girl tried to pull her away and began punching her in the head.

Other students intervened to stop the attack, but the assaulted student suffered cuts and scrapes to her face, and her glasses were broken.

The arrested student was taken to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center, where she was charged with one count of assault.

* A thief made away with a video projector after breaking into two businesses, located in the same building in the 400 block of East Schrock Road, between 4 p.m. Nov. 1 and 8 a.m. Nov. 3.

Other items, including a backpack, a bag of cookies and a first-aid kit, were moved during the break-in.

* The window was broken out of a vehicle, and a Coach diaper bag was stolen between 9 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. Nov. 6 while the vehicle was parked in a lot in the 300 block of North Cleveland Avenue.