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Mentor officer who died in hit-skip cited the man charged in connection with his death back in 2012

Mentor officer cited hit-skip suspect in 2012
Mentor officer cited hit-skip suspect in 2012
Posted at 2:27 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 18:41:51-04

The 24-year-old man who is suspected of hitting and killing a Mentor police officer over the weekend had been cited by that same officer six years ago.

Officer Mathew Mazany, a 14-year veteran of the Mentor Police Department, cited Brian Anthony in 2012 for a traffic violation, according to the Mentor Municipal Court. He was cited for running a flashing red light.

Anthony, who was 18 at the time, was issued a $152 fine, which was paid for by his father.

Anthony is now charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence after this weekend's deadly hit-and-run. He turned himself in over the weekend.

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Anthony pleaded not guilty to two felonies on Monday and is being held in jail without bond.

News of the arrest shocked neighbors.

"Comes from a family of very strong faith and beliefs," said Marilyn Raishart, who lives two doors down from the Anthony's and watched Brian grow up. "I just think of him as a good boy. A good man."

Court records show Anthony, a former hockey star at Lake Catholic High School, had two other run-ins with police. He's been convicted of criminal trespass and for the possession of beer when he was underage.