July 1, 2016

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Police arrest man, 24, determined to get into Highland High School

GRANGER TWP. — A 24-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he attempted to enter Highland High School twice, authorities said.

The incident prompted officials to lock down the school for about 30 minutes until deputies located the man in his vehicle in the parking lot at 1:13 p.m., according to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin M. Dixon, of Medina, was charged with criminal trespassing.

Dixon entered the school around 1:07 p.m. and went to the main office to request a visitor’s pass. He was advised by staff that the school did not issue visitor’s passes, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

A short time later, surveillance cameras showed he was trying to enter the school at the lower-level entrances. At that time, school personnel locked down the building and called the Sheriff’s Office.

When questioned, Dixon told deputies he was at the school to meet a girl he had befriended on the Internet. The Sheriff’s Office said authorities were unable to confirm his story and placed him under arrest for criminal trespassing and took him to the county jail where he was being held Tuesday on $25,000 bond.

A news release from Highland Schools did not provide any more information and no one from the Sheriff’s Office was available to answer questions Tuesday evening.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.