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Newton Falls man charged with assault

WARREN — A Newton Falls man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of assaulting a police officer in connection with a Dec. 31 incident.

Rodney Gaskins, 44, 21 N. Center St., Newton Falls, is expected to be arraigned this morning in Newton Falls Municipal Court. Trumbull County jail records show Gaskins was booked shortly after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

About 7 a.m. Dec. 31, Newton Falls police were dispatched to the Milton Boulevard area to investigate a man who “had some mental issue” and was going door-to-door asking to enter houses to warm his feet. A squad was called to check the man for frostbite.

The man’s brother said he was off his medication, and the brother was going to take him to the hospital.

A short time later, police received a call from the brother, and dispatchers could hear a man in the background talking about “blowing something up … the wrath of God … and kicking cops’ a–.”

When an officer arrived at the home, the brother told police the man was starting to get violent when he tried to get him to go to the hospital.

When an officer tried to question the man, the report states, he became agitated and struck the officer in the face. The officer reported the man struck him open-handed with gloves on. Police were able to restrain the man until an ambulance arrived and he was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

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