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Munroe Falls -- A Castle Drive man who had been charged with felony assault on a police officer pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to two misdemeanors in connection with the Dec. 26 altercation.
According to Stow Municipal Court records, 21-year-old Brandon T. Vogel pleaded guilty to first-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest and second-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments and was fined $750. Two minor misdemeanor citations of marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession were dismissed.
Vogel's attorney, Ed Bonetti, did not return a phone call seeking comment before press time.
Vogel had been charged with fourth-degree felony assault on a police officer, fifth-degree felony obstructing official business and the misdemeanor charges and citations, but according to Summit County Court of Common Pleas records, a grand jury only indicted Vogel on the misdemeanors in late January. The case was then sent back to the municipal court, where the charges had been originally filed.
According to a police report, another man living in Vogel's home reported earlier in the day Dec. 26 that a prescription pain medication was missing and may have been stolen. According to a separate report, a Munroe Falls police officer went to the home in the early evening and while questioning Vogel, saw drugs and drug paraphernalia in "plain view."
Police said that Vogel then ran, the officer caught him and arrested him. Police said the officer suffered thumb and wrist injuries while he and Vogel allegedly wrestled on the ground.
According to the indictment, the resisting arrest charge was because Vogel, " did recklessly, or by force, resist or interfere with a lawful arrest of himselfand, during the course of or as a result of the resistance or interference, cause physical harm to a law enforcement officer"
Police said evidence seized in connection to the misdemeanor possession charges included a broken hypodermic needle, a small amount of suspected marijuana and a smoking device containing suspected burnt marijuana residue.
According to the report on the alleged drug theft, that investigation was subsequently closed and determined to be "unfounded."
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