Three Marion firefighters arrested after alleged drunken incident

From left: Robert Cowell, Adam Fetter, Robert Stone

LOGAN COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) – Three Marion City firefighters were arrested Sunday at Froggy’s Bar in Lakeview, according to a police report.

Police say all three were under the influence of alcohol.

Robert Cowell, a platoon chief, was arrested on charges of obstructing official business and criminal trespass. Robert Stone, a firefighter, was arrested on a charge of obstructing official business. Adam Fetter, a captain, was arrested on charges of obstructing official business, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Police say the incident began around 6 p.m. when a fourth firefighter did a cannonball into the pool at Froggy’s, which is prohibited. Officer Tom Meek told him not to; the firefighter agreed, but later jumped back into the pool, police say. The firefighter climbed out at Meek’s request. Cowell and Stone were allegedly near the pool area, and Cowell told the officer it was “bull****” that the fourth firefighter was being ejected from the pool.

Officer Meek said he asked Cowell, Stone and several other men to leave, as they were technically obstructing official business. Stone allegedly put his arm between the officer and the other firefighter. Cowell began walking away from the officer, who grabbed his right arm and started walking him towards the exit. Meek says in his report that Fetter stood in front of him and Cowell, not letting them leave the pool.

The officer walked around Fetter and put a handcuff on Cowell’s right wrist. He told Stone to follow them to the patrol car. Fetter allegedly began swearing at Officer Meek. Officer Berger from the state parks department arrived and arrested Stone; Cowell was placed in Meek’s car.

Fetter and the fourth firefighter started to leave Froggy’s. Officer Meek followed them and told Fetter he was under arrest for disorderly conduct. Fetter allegedly refused to walk to the car, and a sheriff’s deputy arrived to help Meek make the arrest.

Meek said Cowell defecated inside the patrol car, so he was transferred to another officer’s car and taken to the jail.

Officer Meek said a group of men stood outside the jail and cheered when Stone and Fetter were bonded out.

Marion Fire Capt. Wade Ralph said there is an internal investigation underway and the results will be forwarded to the chief and safety director. He said all three firefighters are still on active duty.

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