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Trooper arrested at game appears in court



Published: Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

CLEVELAND

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who was arrested at a Cleveland Browns football game after he was accused of throwing peanuts at deputies has been released on bond, and police said he later vandalized a holding cell.

Jason Fantone, 34, of Canfield, appeared in court Tuesday on a felony vandalism charge, and the case was sent to Cuyahoga County prosecutors, court spokesman Ed Ferenc said. Fantone was released on a personal bond.

Two Mahoning County deputy sheriffs working at the game Sunday and another officer asked to see Fantone’s ticket after he allegedly threw the peanuts at the deputies who were working security at the stadium, The Plain Dealer reported.

Fantone became belligerent, yelled obscenities and refused to comply with the deputies’ orders to “desist his alarming and turbulent behavior,” the Cleveland police report says. The report says the 6-foot, 205-pound trooper was “highly intoxicated” and continued yelling profanities while being taken to a stadium holding cell in handcuffs.

Fantone kicked the locked steel door of the cell hard enough to force it open twice and break the latch, the report said. Damage was estimated at more than $500, the newspaper reported.

Police and Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis had no comment.

Fantone works out of the Canfield patrol post in Mahoning County. He did not immediately return a message left there.

He is on administrative leave, pending the criminal and administrative investigations, patrol spokesman Lt. Gary Lewis said Tuesday.

Lewis said Fantone had been a trooper for more than six years and that Fantone’s co-workers selected him as that post’s 2008 Trooper of the Year.

The police report said that, at one point, Fantone yelled: “I’m in handcuffs for throwing peanuts? Those guys are mad at me because I DUI’d some of their guys.”

Mahoning County Sheriff Randall Wellington said he was not aware of any of his deputies’ being cited by Fantone for anything, the newspaper reported.


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1Askmeificare(667 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Isn't always nice when these guys get THEIR ticket? An adult throwing peanuts and coincidentally a State Patrol Officer. Aren't officers ALWAYS on duty?

And yelling that you're getting arrested is revenge for getting someone "DUI'd" up in Cleveland is quite lame.

Still, I'm sure ALL OF US have more than gotten away with speeding here and there and the State Patrol, in my experience, has always been fair ( except for one smartass... ), so lets cut this guy a break.

Fair Enough?

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2Askmeificare(667 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Ya know, on second thought,,,

This "officer" broke a holding cell door, acted unprofessional off the job, threw peanuts which certainly hit someone - hopefully no ones child attending the game got hit - acted unfathomly immature, and was belligerent, yelled obscenities and refused to comply with the deputies’ orders to “desist his alarming and turbulent behavior".

I'm thinking there are too many applications from fine and responsible and mature and grateful candidates to keep this loose cannon.

Anyone remember that State Patrol Officer from Columbus named Hermann who killed his wife and kidnapped his kids and who got shot in the back and is now a paraplegic ( if he is still alive! ) ??

Hermann was a loose cannon too.

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3Askmeificare(667 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

In Columbus, State Patrol Officer Hermann Hartmann. Maybe about 10 years ago?

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4Shamrock29(19 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

You missed your calling Askme!! You should have been a criminal profiler. Throwing peanuts, no doubt always leads to kidnapping and homicide down the road! Why would you even compare the two??

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5ojanet22(132 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

This creep obviously has an alcohol problem. No one just explodes like that out of the blue. Not only that this guy commits perjury too, testifying in court that he performed DUI tests that he didn't perform and his dash cam is conveniently broken. So much for "Trooper of the Year". He got what he deserved. Karma is a beautiful thing.

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6Constructor(105 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Drunk on alcohol AND power... a dangerous combination for anybody, let alone somebody charged with enforcing the law. His infantile behavior is disturbing and tarnishes the reputation of the OSP.

I know that I could never respect somebody like this, especially if they were to exercise any authority over me. He needs to be fired immediately for the State Patrol to maintain any credibility.

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7LongArmODLaw(22 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Typical Trooper, they walk around with their nose in the air with a sense of entitlement because they work for the state. This guy rides around daily looking to harass drunks and he is the worst offender-HYPOCRIT. He is a disgrace to the uniform and yet another embarassment for the Patrol. I just hope he doesn't tarnish the image of the state patrol as the majority take their job seriously and go out to keep the roads safe, unlike this beligerant drunk.

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8Shamrock29(19 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

It seems that only the people who have made poor choices themselves, and have been forced to face the consequences of their actions, are the ones who have these issues with the police. I find it humorous that LongArm says this Trooper rides around "harassing drunks". What would you like a State Trooper to do with a drunk behind the wheel? Should he feel sorry for the drunk driver that is putting everyone else in harms way? How do you feel about the State Patrol LongArm? are you for them or against them? Your comments seem to be coming out of both sides of your mouth. You applaud other law enforcement officers for doing their job (PJ Chance) yet you criticize the State Patrol for doing theirs??

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