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Man cited for menacing after threatening snow plow driver

Wire • Jan 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

A Williamsfield Township man was cited for menacing Monday after he threatened and taunted a township snow plow truck driver, Williamsfield Township trustee Gary Babb said.

The trouble began last week when the 50-year-old man was seen outside his Route 322 home in his boots and boxer shorts, waving a pipe at the plow truck, Babb said.

Babb said the township plow driver pushed snow onto the man’s property, “a little too far.”

“We try to have our guy clean the ends of the road out by every single intersection and clear it off,” he said. “At the Mill Road and Route 322 intersection, the driver was getting over a little too far, but still well on road right of way.”

“That’s when (the man) blew a gasket,” Babb said. “I got a call that a man in his boxer shorts and boots was standing in road, waving a pipe.”

The plow driver didn’t even see the suspect, but the altercation carried over a few days later, when the man nearly crashed into the township’s truck with his vehicle on Monday morning, Babb said.

“He was in his Chevrolet Blazer, screaming and yelling. (The plow driver) had to stop hard to avoid hitting (the man’s) truck. Then (the man) began taunting the driver.”

That’s when Babb, who witnessed most of the altercation, dialed 911.

Babb said the township employee plows 21 miles of road beginning at 4 a.m. when it snows and often plows twice a day to keep the roadways and intersections clear.

“That’s not to say that we don’t get complaints,” Babb said. “If we damage something, we fix it, but in this case, nothing was damaged. (The plow driver) got in too far, and we apologize for it and we would fix it, but there is no reason to pitch such a fit and become a nuisance.”

The plow driver was not cited and the incident ended peacefully, Babb said.


Margie Netzel - Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio (MCT)

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