Men Accused Of Poisoning Retired Police K9 Will Stand Trial

Trial dates have been set for two alleged burglars accused of poisoning a retired police K9. They were caught after an alleged accomplice informed on the others to try and collect the reward. Tarro the K9 was poisoned during the burglary of Officer Ryan Ellis’s house on Trumpet Drive March 7th. He quickly recovered. A $20,000 reward was offered, but 32-year-old Johnathon Crossman didn’t get any of it because he and 35-year-old Joshua Norton allegedly tried to sell some of Officer Ellis’s stolen guns. A search of Norton’s Springer Drive home allegedly turned up three of the guns and a stolen car. 26-year-old Aaron Friedman, on probation for burglary, is accused of being Norton’s getaway driver. 32-year-old Cal Demercurio Jr, on supervised release for burglary, was arrested at the probation daily reporting center, allegedly in possession of multiple bags of Heroin and Methamphetamine. Norton and Demercurio are set to begin standing trial July 31st. The felony poisoning charge has been downgraded to a misdemeanor.

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