A 12-year-old Westerville boy was charged with assault after allegedly punching a staff member of the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., on the afternoon of July 23.
According to reports, the boy and his friends were "being loud" in the teen section of the library when a woman asked them to stop. The woman told police the boys only grew louder and more profane, so she asked a staff member for help.
The staffer approached the boy, and during their discussion, the boy allegedly punched her with a closed fist in the side of the head and left the library, reports stated.
Security footage does not show the incident but does show the boy running out of the library moments after it allegedly occurred.
According to reports, the victim had seen the boy in the library before, and said he was involved in multiple "incidents," including one that resulted in him being banned from the library for a year.
Eventually, police found the boy at his residence and charged him with one count of assault through the Franklin County Juvenile Court, reports stated.
In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:
* A Westerville woman told police four checks she had deposited in a local mailbox never made it to their destination and one was forged for a different amount.
According to reports, the woman dropped the mail in a mailbox in the 600 block of McCorkle Boulevard on the afternoon of July 16.
Three days later, she received a call from a Reynoldsburg bank asking if she had written a check for $4,900, according to reports. She later was contacted by Reynoldsburg police about the incident and a possible arrest.
* A Westerville resident reported someone pried open his garage door and stole multiple items on the afternoon of July 24.
According to reports, the man left for only a few minutes about 3 p.m. and returned to find his garage door open in the 100 block of Red Bluff Lane. A kayak, tools and other items were missing, according to reports.
A neighbor on the same street also reported the window of her car was broken earlier in the day.
* An employee of a medical facility in the 200 block of Progressive Way reportedly found a used syringe and a spoon, items commonly associated with drug abuse, on the property on the afternoon of July 24.