BLANCHESTER —A man who had a warrant out for his arrest was spotted and arrested by Blanchester police early Monday morning was also carrying a concealed knife with a 3-inch blade, police said.

According to Police Chief Scott Reinbolt, at around 1 a.m. Monday Blanchester police officers were passing the Blanchester Public Library when they saw Mark Sparks, 24, sitting out front. The officers recognized Sparks and knew the department held a warrant for Sparks’ arrest for failure to appear before the court on a prior trespassing case, Reinbolt said. They stopped and arrested Sparks.

“When searching him, they found that he had used elastic to attach a kitchen knife to the inside of his wrist,” Reinbolt said. “The knife, which had a 3-inch blade, was concealed by his outer clothing.”

Sparks, whose criminal record includes arrests for domestic violence and menacing, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, Reinbolt said. The chief added that an Ohio statute that prohibits carrying a deadly weapon concealed on a person’s body when that object is intended for use as a weapon.

Sparks was taken to the Clinton County Jail and will answer the new charge in Clinton County Municipal Court.


Police said Mark Sparks had this kitchen knife attached to his arm. said Mark Sparks had this kitchen knife attached to his arm. Blanchester PD

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