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Local state trooper arrested at Browns-Steelers game

Published: Mon, January 3, 2011 @ 5:27 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol may face criminal charges after he was arrested in Cleveland while attending the Browns-Steelers football game over the weekend.

Cleveland police confirmed that Trooper Jason R. Fantone, 34, was arrested Sunday on a misdemeanor vandalism charge. A representative of Cleveland Municipal Court today said Fantone did not have charges filed in the official court computers as of today and had not made an initial court appearance.

Fantone joined the patrol in May 2004. He lives in Austintown with his wife and their daughter. He is stationed with the patrol’s Canfield Post.

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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Judgement clouded by alcohol ?

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2Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

No, he's just one of the sub-culture. Isn't that your word, Stan? Right? Right?

So nice about this person's judgment being clouded. Not so nice about others, are you?

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3timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Take the Pigs Badge!

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4MLC75(644 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

He should lose his job,Trooper Fantone should be held at a higher standard,than joe public.

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5dmacker(410 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Very informative story.
It tells us ever thing but what the guy did.
Sound like he used the sink instead of the urinal.
At any rate this story tells us nothing.

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6epicfail(217 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Right on timOthy!

Extreme authority requires extreme responsibility.

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7epicfail(217 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Oh, and in Stanley's defense... When he refers to "subculture" those folks are usually shooting kids and dealing heroin, not something like pissing in a sink.

Bit of a difference.

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8DJ0(72 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

...so... was the trooper on duty? If not, it is a non-story. Would the Vindy have reported the arrest for disorderly conduct of Sam the housepainter or Joe the ragman? Sounds like some serious anti-LE bias here. Who on the Vindy staff got the most recent ticket?

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9msweetwood(174 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

The funny thing about people like DJ0 who post random nonsense here is that they don't even consider searching "disorderly conduct" on the site, first, before sharing their insight. If DJ0 had checked, the hundreds of disorderly conduct arrests we've reported on everyday people would have been obvious:


Not sure, for example, if Ethan P. Love is a housepainter or a ragman, but I am sure he is not a trooper.

Come on DJ0, don't make this so easy...

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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10bolcs99(1 comment)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

The funny thing about msweetwood's comments is that you're not sure if Ethan P. Love is a housepainter or a ragman, but you are sure he is not a trooper. Why are you sure that he is not a trooper? In fact, why is Jason Fantone's place of employment even listed in the media at all? And tell me how did the media find out about this story? Hmm...the mere fact that he is a trooper is the only reason that this made such "sensationalism". Be sure that this is not "journalism". It's the same type of TMZ "sensationalism" that is causing the public to be cautious and untrusting of the media! I do believe that if Jason Fantone's place of employment is listed in the media for any type of charges that have not occured while on duty, then everyone's place of employment should be listed in the media as well. Shouldn't we all know this information?

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11msweetwood(174 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

So, bolcs99, we've gone from DJ0's contention that a disorderly conduct arrest was a "non-story" since the trooper was off duty, which I pointed out was specious, to this new contention that if a decorated lawman sworn to to uphold the law is arrested for breaking it, the media should not report his employment? If President Obama is arrest for disorderly conduct...? Gov. Kasich? A priest? Your kid's school bus driver? Here's the point you miss in your lone post decrying "sensationalism:" The biggest difference between a ragman/house painter and a trooper is that a trooper is on the public dole. The other jobs are in the private sector. People in positions of authority in taxpayer-supported roles face public scrutiny by the very definition of their jobs. If that makes you uneasy, there is an easy solution: Stay in the private sector and off the public dole.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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