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Pot, booze, loaded gun

Man charged with felony endangerment

A Clintonville man faces weapons and drug charges.

Joe L. Oppor, 52, is charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, felony possession of marijuana, two counts of intentionally pointing a firearm at a person, operating a firearm while intoxicated, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a handgun into a tavern.

Oppor faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of endangerment. He was released on a $2,500 signature bond co-signed by his mother.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Clintonville police officers Craig Kamke and Cody Rollin responded to a 911 call that Oppor broke a basement window and was trying to enter a home on Torrey Street.

Minutes later, a second call reported a man wearing camouflage had pointed a pistol at two people at Torrey Street and North Clinton Avenue.

When Kamke arrived at the scene, a woman flagged him down and said the man who pointed the gun at them had fled the area on foot, heading east on Torrey Street.

She and another witness reported they were driving by when they saw a man behind a bush. He allegedly yelled and pointed the gun at them.

Officers began checking the area with their weapons drawn.

Rollin located Oppor and directed him to the ground at gunpoint.

“Officers knew the defendant from prior contacts,” according to the criminal complaint. “Based on those prior contacts officers were aware that the defendant does have some delusional ideologies.”

Oppor told Kamke he had not spoken with his son in three days. He said he suspected the family who lived in the house he tried to enter was holding his son down in the basement, the officer reported.

Oppor reportedly said he was walking back home from a bar when he had a feeling his son was in the basement and his “feelings are never wrong.”

Police found a handgun in a hip holster under Oppor’s jacket. The handgun was loaded and a round was chambered. They also found marijuana and a pocket knife.

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