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Westerville: Police get conflicting stories after soccer scrum

Westerville police were called to the Westerville Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave., Aug. 17 after a soccer player and a fan -- both adults -- accused each other of assault on the field.

A spectator said he tried to break up an altercation on the field and was grabbed from behind by the goalkeeper from one of the teams, according to reports.

The spectator said he was "choked" for 10 minutes before other players pulled the goalkeeper off him. He then retrieved his phone and called police.

The player, who was found in his vehicle, said the fan came onto the field and assaulted him, and that he was on his way home to to call police.

According to the report, neither man showed signs of being strangled, and both men were checked by Westerville medics at the scene. Officers described the incident as "a minor altercation between two soccer teams," and no charges were filed.

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

• A juvenile, age not available, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer found a marijuana pipe in his backpack on school grounds around noon Aug. 19.

The junior at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave., was found riding his bike at lunch when he was not allowed to be out of the building. The officer took the boy, who reports said smelled of marijuana, to the principal's office. The officer searched the boy's bag and found a small marijuana pipe containing burned marijuana residue.

The juvenile was charged and sent home with his mother.

• Police found copper pipe had been stolen from the abandoned Knights Inn in the first block of Heatherdown Drive around 4 p.m. Aug. 19 after a resident reported a screen had been removed from the base of a crawlspace.

When officers arrived, they found the screen moved and piles of insulation lying on the ground inside.

According to the report, someone apparently entered the building and stole the pipe from inside. Police have no suspects.