EXCERPTS FROM TWO ARTICLES:
Jackson Township officer facing charge put on leave
Canton Repository (subscription), OH - 1 hour ago
By Fellicia Smith
Thursday, August 30, 2007
A police officer placed on unpaid administrative leave has a long history of disciplinary problems, including suspensions. Officer Eric B. Martzolf, 38, was put on leave by the department following his appearance in Massillon Municipal Court on Wednesday on a domestic violence charge. Martzolf is accused of confronting his wife, pushing her to the ground and striking her in the head twice with his fist at her job... his wife asked the judge to order him to attend anger management classes... "I have to be careful because it’s a personnel issue, but we did send him to counseling before" Trustee John Pizzino said... he has been suspended without pay three times, received seven written reprimands, two written warnings and was twice counseled by supervisors for his on-duty conduct... The bargaining agreement between the township and Fraternal Order of Police allows for the department to put Martzolf on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the criminal trial... Martzolf was released from the Stark County Jail on his own recognizance... We’ll be monitoring it closely"...
Jackson officer pleads not guilty
Massillon Independent, OH
by R.J. VILLELLA
August 30, 2007
..."From what we understand, he went to see his wife and ended up hitting her a couple of times and knocked her to the ground"... others at her work -- heard what was going on and came to the victim's aid. That's when Martzolf -- starting yelling obscenities at the co-workers and throwing things at them... Martzolf was taken directly to the Stark County Jail and booked there instead on the Massillon City Jail... "We booked him out at county because we were afraid he might be suicidal," Neftzer said. "We thought they have better facilities there for that. They have counselors and have the ability to put him in an isolation cell."