LOCAL Retired KSU police official's trial reset

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The trial of a retired Kent State University police official allegedly found in possession of a loaded handgun and illegal drugs following a December 2011 traffic stop by the Ohio Highway Patrol has been rescheduled to Dec. 20, according to Portage County court records.

Daniel P. FitzPatrick, 57, of 9428 Griffith Road, Paris, is set to go on trial in Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow's courtroom at 9 a.m. Dec. 20 on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, and two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, both first-degree misdemeanors. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond pending trial.

The traffic stop occurred on Dec. 25, 2011. An OHP trooper allegedly found a loaded 9mm handgun and the illegal drugs known as bath salts in FitzPatrick's possession. His blood also allegedly tested positive for marijuana, according to his indictment.

FitzPatrick retired as an assistant police chief for the KSU Police Department in 2008. Most recently, he was an adjunct justice studies professor at KSU.

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