Mogadore cop indicted on felonious assault charge for New Years Eve incident

By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published:

A Portage County grand jury has indicted a Mogadore police officer on charges that he pulled a handgun on a fellow officer while intoxicated at a New Years Eve party.

Mark E. Halliwill, 43, of Mogadore, was indicted Jan. 10 on one count each of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and having weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor. A firearms specification to the assault charge could add up to three additional years onto the two to eight years Halliwill faces in prison if convicted.

Halliwill is free after posting $4,000 bond. A trial in Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom is scheduled for May 21, according to court records.

Halliwill was arrested Jan. 1 by the Portage County Sheriff's Office. According to Mogadore police, Halliwill and fellow officer John M. Josef were off-duty and socializing at Halliwill's Virgil Street residence when an "altercation" allegedly took place. Halliwill then allegedly pulled a semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at Josef. No shots were fired and no one was injured. Alcohol is believe to have been a factor as well, according to Mogadore police.

Halliwill was immediately placed on administrative leave from his job following the incident. The Portage County Sheriff's Office investigated the criminal side of the case to prevent any appearance of favoritism or impropriety, according to Mogadore police, who are conducting their own internal investigation.

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  • I don't care who ya are, dat der is some serious funny "BLOWPOP"! The officer that squeeeeeeeeeeeeld on Mark should be chastised. I wonder if he's related to L.T. llama Johnson? (COP HATER). (MAJOR CHAOS KELLY) "Hows comes yooos arrested dat PO lice man L.T.? Eyes been on dem der calls wit udder occifers wher eyes almosted gots shot and yous protected me, wut did hes do wrong?" Take it all the way to trial, I guarentee there are alot of integrity, as well as competency issues that will surface! BLOWPOP is right when it comes to these two and their integrity.

  • Well officer Mark since portage county is investigating your case you should start looking for other employment and get ready to lay it down for a year or so! I pretty sure Greg(the lama )Johnson will be lead investigator on your case and he loves going after cops! I hear he also loves to lie while under oath! You can compare the sheriffs dept to a chop shop, they can take a broken down rusted out car to their chop shop and fabricate it to look like a brand new 2013 fresh off the line! It will look good and sound good but truthfully is a butch job, if you start to tear it apart to see what it's made of and who did the work you will see that it's a hack job! You ask why they call Greg the lama? I believe he spits and lissspts when he talksss. Lol I don't know if they provide rain coats or sneeze guards during questioning but you may want to bring your own! Unless you want a saliva shower! I'd love to hear a verbal argument between Dale Kelly and Greg Johnson! With both of there speech impediments they'd sound like 2 tards on the short bus going at it!