LORAIN - A reserve Wakeman police officer pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon in connection with a racially-motivated attack last week.
William C. Hodge, 35, of Sheffield Township, has a May 21 pretrial hearing scheduled in Lorain Municipal Court on one count each of aggravated menacing, assault and criminal damaging. No trial date has been set.
"A protection order was granted," probation officer Scott Stewart said. "We don't give out victim information," he said when asked about the specifics.
Hodge is accused of throwing his Wakeman police badge and department identification at a 32-year-old Lorain woman, according to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office. The suspect also reportedly jumped into the passenger side of a Chevrolet Astrovan and tried to punch a 26-year-old Lorain man sitting in the driver's seat while grabbing his shirt, deputies said.