Man pleads not guilty


A not-guilty plea was entered Tuesday for Christopher L. Clevenger, 25, of Damon Avenue in Champion to felony assault, after being accused of choking a Champion police officer who responded to the home where Clevenger lived with his grandfather. He also pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and resisting arrest, and is in the Trumbull County Jail.

Police were called at 10:07 a.m. Monday to the Damon address, where his grandfather, 82, said Clevenger was destroying the house and pushed him. Two officers tried to arrest Clevenger, but he resisted and put one officer in a head lock and began choking him, reports say. The other officer and two members of the fire department helped get Clevenger off the officer and into handcuffs.

Bond was set at $1,000.