Two arrested, one K-9 injured in Howland

HOWLAND — Two arrests were made and one Weathersfield K-9 officer was injured following a dispute that broke out in Howland earlier this week, according to a police report.

James Justice, 35, of Flory Road, Warren, was arrested on an outstanding warrant as well as charges of assaulting a police K-9 and obstructing police business after officers followed a woman involved in a scuffle to his residence, the report states. Justice is being held without bond at the Trumbull County Jail, records show. A court date was unavailable.

Charles Kirkland Jr., 57, of Bane Street, Warren, also was arrested at the residence on an outstanding warrant on a charge of possession of drugs. He has since been released.

A fight broke out between sisters Brittney and Alexandra Jones in the 3000 block of Highlawn Avenue after 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the official police report. Alexandra attempted to attack her mother, Cheryl Jones, when Brittney placed herself between the two women, sustaining minor injuries as a result, the report states.

Alexandra Jones has had three prior arrests for theft and operating a motor vehicle without a license, court records show.

Brittney told police Alexandra might have gone to her brother’s house down the block, according to the 911 Trumbull County Dispatch report.

Officer Dave Blosser and K-9 Thorn of the Weathersfield Police Department were requested for backup and officers moved to the 3000 block of Flory Avenue to pursue Alexandra.

When police arrived at the house, they were met by Justice, who said Alexandra was not there, according to the report. While at the house, police discovered Justice had an outstanding warrant. Justice resisted arrest by barricading his door with a couch and refusing to come outside, according to reports by officers Keith Peterson and Rick Mahan.

The report states Blosser attempted to deploy K-9 Thorn through a window, but Justice struck the dog first with his hands and then used a glass liquor bottle to strike the animal on the head, the report states.

Officers used mace and a taser on Justice to prevent him from further harming the dog. Howland medics cleared Justice to be transferred to the Trumbull County Jail after his arrest, according to the police report.

Alexandra was not found in the house.

K-9 Thorn was taken to MedVet in Girard and was treated for his injuries. According to Weathersfield police Chief Michael Naples, the dog was issued a clean bill of health.

Naples said Weathersfield K-9 units assist departments throughout Trumbull County with everything from searches to drug sniffs and arrests.