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Trooper terminated from position

Published: Thu, March 31, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.


Jason Fantone

Staff report

The Canfield Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who was arrested in January on charges of vandalism and aggravated disorderly conduct has lost his job.

Jason R. Fantone, 34, of Austintown was terminated from his position with the post Feb. 28.

Fantone has the option of filing a grievance of his termination through the Ohio State Troopers Association, the labor organization for state troopers.

Officers reported that Fantone was intoxicated at the Jan. 2 Cleveland Browns game and did more than $500 damage to his holding cell after being arrested for heckling officers and refusing to comply with orders.

He was placed on paid administrative leave after the arrest.

Fantone appeared in court Feb. 24 when he was released on $1,000 bond and allowed to enter a diversion program, according to Cuyahoga County court records. He will have his record expunged after completing the six-month program.

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.


1Photoman(1246 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

He was deservedly fired. He knew when he was being trained that we expect much, much more from our OSP Troopers than we do from the public at large. He obviously has a problem which must be resolved, and I wish him well, but he should not be reinstated.

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2EricLW(66 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

sorry, alcohol is a drug! If discovered today it would be classified as a class 3 hallucinogenic. So yes he was on drugs! Well, anyway.

True. It was his day off. Tho he should know his limits. Cops are suppose to be ROLE MODELS Grade A citizens.

This happens all the time. Careful what you post on facebook, twitter, etc...etc... Lot's of people getting fired over OUR first amendment (freedom of speech).

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3wondering2(32 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

We all screw up, specially if we are drunk, too bad we don't know when one more drink is one too many.

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4KBKR61(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Sad day when the Brown's game was in Jan and 3 months later it is still making news. Apparently there aren't more serious things to report on. Killers don't make headlines as much as this trooper has. He was off duty and made a mistake just like anyone else could. Don't be so quick to pass judgement until you know the facts.

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5bareback1(41 comments)posted 5 years, 2 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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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

"did more than $500 damage to his holding cell"

Must have been high octane booze ! Give him a fine, make him pay the damages and have him patrol the SouthSide of Youngstown for a couple of years ! Testing should be done at OHP for drugs and alcohol abuse on a regular basis . I'm sure that there are others besides Jason R. Fantone with problems .

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7KKEN29(2 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

seems like bareback has some personal issues. He also did NOT go out of his way to get in trouble LEARN the facts!!

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8KKEN29(2 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

seems like bareback has some personal issues. He also did NOT go out of his way to get in trouble LEARN the facts!!

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9mmks(1 comment)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

It is a sad fact that there are troopers out there that have done much worse, however they are still in uniform. Why?? They did not have the media coverage that this poor guy has. I know very few people who have never once in their lives had too much to drink. It happens. Was he ever diciplined before for anything, NO! Was he good at his job, YES! It cracks me up that people don't have all the facts in the case but still leave there stupid comments, because they have nothing better to do with their time. Perhaps they too have been fired from their jobs for doing something far more than what he did!!

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