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Sharon High School track coach arrested for stabbing in Brookfield

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BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A Sharon High School assistant coach pleads not guilty to charges filed after he allegedly stabbed a Sharon man during track practice at the Brookfield School Complex.

Bond was set at $50,000 for George Thomas, 53, of Sharon when he was arraigned Thursday on charges of felonious assault, assault, menacing and conveyance of a deadly weapon onto a school safety zone.

Brookfield police said Thomas stabbed Otis Hickson, 47, in the chest after two Sharon High School students said they were assaulted and threatened by Thomas.

Police report that the victim, Hickson, had a brick in his hand when they arrived on the scene. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown for treatment.

Police said that Hickson is out of  the hospital and stopped by the police station on Wednesday to give a statement.

"I hope he gets what he deserves, because I can go out on a limb and say if students are not allowed to have weapons on a school property, why should he and he's a coach," said Otis Hickson.

Sharon school officials said that Thomas is not a teacher, but is suspended from his position as assistant coach until an investigation is completed.

The track at the Brookfield School Complex was being used by the Sharon teams to practice through an agreement with Brookfield.

Police said the incident involved only staff and students from Sharon, and no Brookfield School staff or students were reported to be there at the time of the incident.
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