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Willard man disputes 'mentally ill' label from sheriff's office

By JOE CENTERS • Jun 21, 2018 at 9:00 PM

WILLARD — A Willard man has a dispute with the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was mentioned, not by name, but by his address, in the sheriff’s report.

The reason, the report said, was mental.

The man said somebody has been knocking on his door at all hours and he called the sheriff’s office for help.

“It’s been going on for about 3 1/2 weeks,” he said. “One night I fired a warning shot at them (at his shed). This scares me at night. How would you like it if was somebody was banging at your door? They (deputies) came out about four different times.”

The man said he’s never had issues with the sheriff’s office previously.

“(Deputy) John Vogel just made the decision that I am mentally ill,” he said.

The man said it was a normal day Wednesday when he went to the drive-thru to get his Norwalk Reflector.

“Then I look in the paper and it says I am a kook,” he said. 

“I am a law-abiding person and a God-fearing citizen. I got a camera and I thought I may have got him here one night. We have the camera mounted. That is what the sheriff told me to do. I paid $110 for it here at Tractor Supply.

“Sir, put yourself in my shoes. He did not put my name in there, but they had the address. Why would they do that?

“They tried to pass the buck on you guys. All I want is a retraction. They are going to find out how crazy I am. To put it in the paper it is a mental illness issue is wrong. He had no right to make that judgement at all.

“I am retired from the railroad. I have never been to a mental doctor in my life. For him to make that judgement is wrong,” he said. “I just want a retraction. We can end it right here.”

Sheriff Todd Corbin didn’t return phone calls to the Reflector.

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