Officer charged with giving ex-con cousin a pistol

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A Stark County grand jury has indicted a Canton police officer on charges of giving his ex-convict cousin a weapon and lying about it.
Bobby L. Cutts Jr., 25, who has been on unpaid suspension since December, was indicted Monday on charges of unlawful transaction in weapons and perjury.
He allegedly lent or gave a .22-caliber pistol to his cousin, Michael Meadows, 32, and lied about the matter at a preliminary court hearing.
Cutts' attorney, Bradley Iams, said his client told the truth when he reported the weapon stolen in October from a Jeep that Cutts had loaned to his cousin.
Meadows is serving a year in prison. He was convicted in
December of grand theft and possession of weapons by an ex-convict.
At the time of his arrest, Meadows told police he took the gun for his protection.
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