Man gets probation in K-9 assault

WARREN — A man held in the Trumbull County Jail since Christmas Eve on a charge of assaulting a police dog was released Tuesday after a judge sentenced him to probation.

James Justice, 35, Florey Road, Warren, pleaded guilty in March to an amended charge of attempting to assault a police dog, according to court records. Justice was held in the jail on a $30,000 bond.

Justice was at his Florey Road home when Howland police attempted to arrest him on a warrant, according to a police report. An officer tried to send a K-9 named Thorn through a window, but the man 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. He was treated by medics on the scene. Thorn was taken to MedVet in Girard, treated and released, according to police.