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WARREN Son's bringing explosive to school nets father an appearance in court



Published: Tue, February 26, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The warrant was filed Friday in municipal court, records show.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- A 36-year-old Champion man whose son brought explosives to Champion High School is expected to be in court later today to face a felony charge of possession of a dangerous ordnance.

Champion police filed a warrant in municipal court Friday stating that Timothy Cook of State Road was wanted on the charge, court records show.

The warrant had not been served late Monday afternoon, but Atty. John Shultz, who represents Cook, said he talked to police and he agreed to bring Cook to court today.

Police have said that Cook used to work in coal mines and had explosives stored in his garage. He told authorities, however, that he didn't know they were still there.

Pleaded guilty: Cook's son, Timothy Ben Cook, 17, pleaded guilty last week to delinquency by way of assault on a school administrator and delinquency by way of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance.

Timothy Ben Cook will be sentenced in about a month and will remain in the county juvenile detention center until then. He could receive up to a year in an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility, said his attorney, Maridee Costanzo.

What happened: Champion police said the teen-ager brought explosives to school Feb. 14. Officials said the youth told them he planned to set off the explosives after school. Police said a struggle took place between the teen and an assistant principal, who was not seriously injured.

Costanzo declined to say why her client brought the explosives to school.

Champion Police Chief Dennis Steinbeck has declined to specify the explosives but said they are equivalent to two sticks of dynamite.

Last month, police said, Timothy Ben Cook and a 16-year-old friend took an explosive material from his father's garage. The mother of Timothy Ben Cook's friend found the material in the trunk of her car and called police.

sinkovich@vindy.com

Police said the two teen-agers told them at the time that they were going to blow up a tree stump, but they realized the explosive might have been too dangerous, so they put it in the trunk of the car.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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