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Trooper enters diversion program

Published: Wed, March 9, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.


Jason Fantone

By Kristine Gill



A trooper from the Canfield post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has entered a diversion program after his January arrest at a Cleveland Browns game.

Jason R. Fantone, 34, of Austintown was charged with vandalism and aggravated disorderly conduct Jan. 2 but will have his record expunged after six months to a year in the program.

Ryan Miday, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office, said Fantone will pay a monthly fee of $59.33 to the Cleveland Browns in restitution after doing $652 in damage to a cell where he was held.

Miday said the diversion program is for first-time offenders charged with nonviolent and nondrug-related offenses and requires that participants report regularly to a probation officer, complete 50 hours of community service, undergo drug testing if required and pay court costs and restitution to all victims.

Mahoning County Sheriff deputies working at the football game arrested Fantone after he was accused of heckling two officers by throwing peanuts at them and shouting obscenities. Officers confronted Fantone who became belligerent and refused to comply with orders.

Officers reported that Fantone was intoxicated and kicked the steel door of his holding cell so hard that he forced it open. He kicked the door again after officers closed it, breaking the latch. Fantone was charged with vandalism, and because the damage to his cell exceeded $500, that charge is a felony.

Fantone appeared in court Feb. 24 when he was released on $1,000 bond and allowed to enter the diversion program, according to Cuyahoga County court records.

He joined the Canfield post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 2004 and was named Trooper of the Year for the Canfield post in 2008.

He was placed on paid administrative leave after the arrest.


1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Had this been the average citizen he would have been charged with assault on a police officer for throwing peanuts at them,resisting arrest,public drunkness,disorderly conduct,attempted escape,and of course felony damageing.

He would have had to pay for the door he busted up in full and he sure wouldn't be put on paid leave and in a cushy deversion program.
The average citizen would have been thumped and stun gunned for those kind of stupid actions.

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2MLC75(661 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

This is a the classic double standard,one way of dealing with law enforcement and another for the average citizen.

I agree with steelwagon.

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3Stormieangel(136 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

WAIT A COTTONPICKIN' MINUTES!!!! This cop gets away with just a slap on the hand for vandalism. What would a judge do to a teen that did this? Come on LEGAL system; let's start serving up some EQUAL JUSTICE for the crime committed. Look at that man's eyes; he can't even look straight. Judge Judy would tell him he looks like a bad element of society just because he can't look the world in the face. I am not against this 'person', but I think justice needs to be EQUAL for all. You murder someone just for grins and giggles or you don't like them, sorry, but you get death. You don't know what you are doing because you are on drugs or you are mentally challenged, well, we will give you a chance to appeal and then probably death because you made some really bad choices. Did you rob someone just because you are too lazy to work and think the world owe you a living....sorry, you will lose your hand. Use a gun and maybe lose two hands and we toss you out on the streets again to fend for yourself. Rape a child...death! Rape a grown woman...death. We can cut down on our expenses to keep the creeps on death row or in jail. And how many get out and do the same thing all over again? That would be an interesting study. EQUAL JUSTICE FOR THE SAME CRIME!!!!!

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4woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Yet when I have said on numerous occasions that cops have a double standard that is corrupt many blog that im just a liberal fool. As anindividual with a masters in criminal justice this is something i have found in many cases involving police/ law enforcement.

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Wow, what is so shocking about this? When will you people realize that Cops, Judges, Prosecutors, Lawyers, Politicians, Athletes, Movie Stars, TV Stars, Musicians, Celebrities all get privileges that the average person will never get. Are you living under a rock?

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6ice(28 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

All you people spouting off about the Trooper, I have a great idea, Why do you not join, most likely none of you will make due to the lack of stones or condition. Babies, that it why it so much fun to put you in a back of a patrol car.

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7MLC75(661 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

@ice,you make no sense,what are you trying to say.

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8bareback1(41 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

He did it to himself. Really, went out of his way to get into trouble. The patrol doesn't need persons of this caliber & thats why they fired him. Cooper will try to get his job back for him just like good old Willie that he went to bat for twice. Boy, won't that look good on the resume when he turns it into McDonalds.

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