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Kent man sentenced for causing evacuation of career center

Record-Courier staff Report Published: August 21, 2013 4:00 AM

A Kent man was sentenced to community service and fined $350 for pulling a fire alarm and causing the evacuation of Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna in May.

Seyedalireza Rahimiardestani, 30, with a last known address of 1849 Algonquin Place, pleaded guilty to inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor, at his June 14 pretrial hearing in Portage County Municipal Judge Kevin Poland's courtroom in Ravenna.

Rahimiardestani was fined $1,000 plus court costs and sentenced to 180 days in jail. Poland then suspended $650 of the fine and 179 days of the jail term on the condition Rahimiardestani perform 80 hours of community service within five months and commit no additional criminal offenses for one year, according to Poland's order.

He was credited with one day served in the Portage County jail, records show.

Rahimiardestani was arrested May 7 and charged with inducing panic, a fourth-degree felony, after pulling a fire alarm at Maplewood Career Center on S.R. 88, causing the building to be evacuated, according to Ravenna police.

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redleg6 Aug 21, 2013 9:05 PM

@Ian_Maserb....EXCELLENT POINT !!!!

Ian_Maserb Aug 21, 2013 8:50 PM

Yes sir, pulling a fire alarm is much more serious than killing somebody.

anonymous Aug 21, 2013 3:48 PM

My goodness, a 30 year old doing such a juvenile thing, is there something mentally wrong with him?