Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Manager David Cooper's criminal trespassing jury trial is continued

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- The criminal trespassing trial for David Cooper, the city's parks and recreation manager, was continued last week, making this the second time the trial has been rescheduled.

The new trial is set for 8:30 a.m., Aug. 27, in front of Judge Kim Hoover in the Stow Municipal Court.

On behalf of Cooper, attorney Kevin Breen of Fairlawn filed a motion for continuance July 11, according to court. Breen said he requested the continuance because of a death in his family.

The trial, which originally was to take place before Hoover without a jury, was scheduled for June 3. Through his attorney, Cooper requested in May that the trial be changed to a jury trial in front of his peers.

Cooper, a 55-year-old Tallmadge resident, is charged with seven counts of fourth-degree misdemeanor trespassing that were a result of a police investigation into allegations that he entered an area of the city's Recreation Center several times without authorization. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Myra Staresina Sevryn, a prosecutor for the city of Macedonia, is handling the case on behalf of the city of Tallmadge.

Tallmadge placed Cooper on paid leave from work March 28. Attorneys involved with the criminal case declined to comment about Cooper's employment status with the city. Breen said Hoover requested the parties involved refrain from discussing it with the media.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9428 or hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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