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GIRARD Man and students face drug charges



Published: Mon, February 17, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



The latest drug case at the high school has nothing to do with Joseph Shoaf, the imprisoned former superintendent.

By TIM YOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

GIRARD -- A 45-year-old man and five Girard High School students have been charged with drug activity at the school.

Frank DiLullo of 724 Beaver St. was to be arraigned today in municipal court on one count of drug trafficking.

A 15-year-old girl has been cited into juvenile court on a charge of delinquency by way of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Police Chief Anthony Ross said four other female students also have been charged with delinquency by way of possession of a controlled substance.

Ross said the warrant for DiLullo was issued after a student told police DiLullo supplied her with 10 doses of Ativan, an anti-anxiety medication.

Principal called in police

The case broke, Ross said, when police were alerted Jan. 30 by Ronald Ragozine, high school principal, that there was a problem with drugs in the school.

Ross said Capt. Frank Bigowsky and Detective John Norman, both assigned to the case, got permission from the parents of one girl to provide them with a statement.

The girl told the officers that DiLullo, who is known to police, gave her the pills to give to the other students. It doesn't appear any money was exchanged, the chief said.

Ross said it hasn't been determined yet if this was a one-time deal between DiLullo and the students or ongoing.

The chief said he has a good relationship with Superintendent Marty Santillo and Ragozine.

"We were able to jump" on this case because of that, he said.

The case has nothing to do with the activities of Joseph Shoaf, the former superintendent who was using cocaine and alcohol with a female student in his high school office, Ross said.

In prison

Shoaf was sentenced in January to five years in prison after pleading guilty to corrupting another with drugs, intimidating a witness and possession of cocaine.

"There is no connection whatsoever," Ross said.

After Shoaf's sentencing, Ross and Bigowsky said drugs remained a problem at the high school. They pointed out Shoaf never identified his drug supplier.

"We're going to stay on top of this so it doesn't get out of hand," Ross said, noting his manpower has been critically reduced and he hasn't had a juvenile officer in a year and a half.

yovich@vindy.com




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