Mercer County track coach charged with stabbing parent

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An assistant track coach in Mercer County has been jailed on charges he stabbed the stepfather of a team member at a practice being held in Ohio.

Brookfield, Ohio police have charged George Thomas, 53, with assault and bringing a deadly weapon into a school safety zone, among other crimes, in connection with Tuesday’s incident.

Mr. Thomas has been placed on paid leave from Sharon High School pending the outcome of the charges. The team was practicing in Brookfield, Ohio, a few miles away, because Sharon doesn’t have a regulation-size track.

Brookfield police said Mr. Thomas pulled a knife to threaten one student and shoved another before arguing with the stepfather of one of the students. Police said that man was stabbed in the chest, but is expected to survive.



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