Middle-of-the-Road Yelling Leads to Felony Arrest

The following arrest information was provided by the Kent Police Department. It does not indicate conviction.

A 24-year-old Kent man was arrested in the middle of South Water Street early Saturday morning after repeatedly yelling at officers who were in the area investigating a complaint about a different disorderly male.

Johnathan A. Simpson of 5791 Glad Blvd. was arrested at 2:33 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of South Water and charged with obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony; disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Kent Police Lt. Paul Canfield said officers responded to a report of a disorderly male near . While investigating the incident, which involved an intoxicated male, “Mr. Simpson walked by the officers and told them in so many words to get out of the way.”

Simpson continued walking, Canfield said, “but yelled a few more things at the officers and eventually he moved into the middle of the street. His friends tried to tell him to get into a cab there … but he stood in the middle of the street and continued to yell to the officers.”

The officers stopped investigating the event that originally brought them there and moved to the middle of South Water Street. Canfield said officers warned Simpson he could be arrested for disorderly conduct.

“He continued to yell,” Canfield said. “When they told him he was under arrest, he refused to comply with their orders and he resisted his own arrest.”

Simpson was processed and jailed at the Kent Police Department, then arraigned Monday morning in Kent Municipal Court. He was released on 10 percent of a $10,000 bond. Portage County Court online records show Simpson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday in Judge Barbara Oswick’s courtroom.

The Suffolk, VA, native told police he is a student at .

Pat January 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM
This is a fine example why the residents of kent are tired of the disorderly students/
MOST HATED PERSON ON PATCH January 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
then move. not like you're hanging out on s. water at 2:30 am anyway...
* January 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
This is more or less an example of what happens at bars and other establishments where you go to imbibe, rather than a bash on the students (who I might add are enriching our economy and community here in Kent). Either 2am or 2:30am is "last call" in Ohio and if someone has been drinking and "clubbing" since midnight, 11pm or even sooner, you can only imagine the alcohol coursing through their system encouraging a loss of inhibitions and a total loss of any common sense. Give any one of us enough alcohol and who knows what we would do (and how much we'd remember). You can blame the college kids if you want. It's easy as Kent is a college town and the bars are frequented by students among countless others (like the rest of us who reside in Kent full time). But this is really just an issue of alcohol. This can happen anywhere alcohol is served. Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, Stow and every single town across America that serves alcohol (some towns are actually dry like Hartville where I suppose they have no drunken bar brawls).
* January 27, 2012 at 01:42 AM
“Alcohol removes inhibitions - like that scared little mouse who got drunk and shook his whiskers and shouted: "Now bring on that damn cat!" - Eleanor Early
MOST HATED PERSON ON PATCH January 27, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Chris (Kit) Myers January 27, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Well, it's not OK to stand in the middle of the street and make a scene while the police are attempting to maintain order, even if one is contributing to the economy of the City of Kent. There ARE people soberly enjoying Kent's downtown at two o'clock in the morning. There are students, permanent local residents, people coming to town to do business, parents of students, people passing through, etc. We will soon have the hotel and conference center. b's comment that if someone doesn't like it they should move is so wrong. People, other than she have a right to speak. Rosa Parks didn't like being treated as a second class citizen and her actions spoke quite well. Would b have told her to give up her seat on the bus and move out of Montgomery, Alabama? Drunk and disorderly on the street can turn into something far more serious. It can be threatening to anyone in the vicinity. It must not be taken quite so lightly as some would have it. You have to get someone in the condition of Johnathan Simpson, at 2:30 Saturday morning, off the street. In a sober condition, he would probably agree. I would remind Pat that it's not just students who upon occasion get smashed and do stupid things. I will say no more.
* January 27, 2012 at 04:32 PM
How do you rationalize throwing Rosa Parks into this discussion? Was she a beligerent drunk? Did I misunderstand her incredible milestone in American history? “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” -EH
MOST HATED PERSON ON PATCH January 27, 2012 at 06:57 PM
"There ARE people soberly enjoying Kent's downtown at two o'clock in the morning." no there is not. there are the drunks, and the people working downtown, bar staff and cops. that's all. and no i don't think this guy should have been doing what he was doing, but it in no way is comparable to rosa parks. you're high.
Gary Michaels January 28, 2012 at 02:50 PM
For the amount of volume these Kent bars do, the amount of incidents is relatively low. What I think is a bigger issue here is that Jon is/was one of KSU's "student-athletes". The amount of issues we have from this group vs the rest of the student population seems remarkably higher. And due to the fact that a lot of them are here on full scholarships, it makes stories like this especially disheartening. http://kentstatesports.com/sports/fball/2011-12/bios/simpson_jon
Chris (Kit) Myers January 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Good point, Mr Michaels. VERY good point.
MOST HATED PERSON ON PATCH January 28, 2012 at 07:18 PM
i concur.
J Madison March 03, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Leave it to our Police State of Kent to turn someone yelling at them into a felony that will ruin this person's life, forever. They never said what even happened concerning the Guy's Pizza event...probably nothing. $10,000 bond for yelling at a cop? Ridiculous. Sure, the guy was a drunken fool but it sure as heck is NOT a felony!


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