UPDATE - Wakeman cop enters plea, given restraining order

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.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

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.

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concernedWKMNres

Why is it when a RESERVE off duty officer from Wakeman does something wrong, its in BIG BOLD letters that he is from Wakeman? Obviously, seeing as he is a PART TIME RESERVE Officer, he isn't collecting a full time paycheck, and must be employed elsewhere. Why isn't his other employer ever listed? Why is it all the newspapers that report on this area (Lorain Journal and Elyria Chronicle also) love to make Wakeman look bad? And how is it the responsibility of Wakeman's Chief and Mayor to talk for this OFF DUTY RESERVE OFFICER? Get over it...

ds20087

I think the point is that Cheif Hunker hired him and all the others! How many have we seen in the paper?
Why is it that the Cheif can make conmments about everything else under the sun but never on his officers?
Yes,it may be true that he works somewhere else but he didnt throw his walmart badge and id at them did he?
Wakeman officers have been in the paper more times in the last two years than ever before.
I dont think the papers are bad mouthing Wakeman,wakeman is making itself look bad all together!

concernedWKMNres

What this story does not tell you is the 'woman' was his soon to be his ex-wife. The man driving the vehicle had no business driving the vehicle seeing as it is still registered to Mr. Hodge. Any other man would have done the same thing.
I highly doubt if Chief Hunker would have a crystal ball that will tell him when a potential employee is going to loose his cool in the future after hiring him/her.
The reason he threw his Wakeman Police Department Badge and identification at her was because he knew after he did what he did he wouldn't need those articals anymore.
Said Officers in the past how ever many years do have a personal life. Regardless what Department an Officer works for, he or she can make bad decisions and should not reflect on their Commanding Officer.
I do believe in another artical Chief Tim Hunker did give a statement. Are you always available to take a call when the phone rings?

swiss family

to "concernedWKMNers" maybe it is time to have your meds adjusted!! it is obvious that your paranoia is getting the best of you
there isn't any big bold text when it comes to Wakeman.. the truth is that Wakeman, because it is the name of a town is started with a capital letter.. just like any town that is ever mentioned..
you, yourself put the word Wakeman and Police , beginning with a capitol letter, obviously out of respect,/.. as it well should be..so, please chill out, take a few deep breaths. and relax.. and if that doesn't work, then maybe it is time to see your doctor!!!!

44846FC

Hmmmm, Chief Hunker is not much better, he hired Brian Jackson who has been fired from every police department he has worked for, ( CHECK HIS PERSONELL FILE) and has domestic issues himself with his ex, just ask La Grange police. I am sure we will be reading about him in the paper soon. Mr. Hunker himself was convicted in Lorain County Common Pleas court of domestic violence and failure to pay child support. Just check the court records. How can you carry a gun and have a domestic violence conviction?. The law states that you can't!. Hmmmmm.

concernedWKMNres

re:swissfaily...
STFU! Believe it or not you are not always an expert. I bet you keep the pharmacies in business. The point I was making is the fact that if a person works for or has ever worked for WPD, that is the first thing mentioned. Regardless where he also works. Regardless where he lives. The article could have said...SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP RESIDENT. Why did his employee hae to be mentioned, especially in the title? It's called sensationalism.

re: moore moore moore
As if you don't know, Brian Jackson has served this community well. When he is on duty, he Serves and Protects the residents of this Village as good if not better than most of our part-time Officers. He's always got someone pulled over for some reason. Responce time with Brian Jackson is a whole lot better than most Police Department's Full Time Officers. As for his personal life, that is no business of ours. How many estranged, seperated or divorced couples do you know that do not have problems?

So, Hunker had child support issues. SO WHAT! I don't know anybody that has a child support court order that has never been late. HMMMMMMMM, maybe his DV was expunged? Maybe it was a BS charge? What these Officers do on their off-duty time does not affect the people of this town.

concernedWKMNres

WAKEMAN -- A 38-year-old Wakeman man is accused of injuring a police officer while trying to avoid arrest last week, according to Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker.

Michael Fergus, of 56 E. Main St., was charged with assault on a police officer for the incident Wednesday, said Hunker.

Officer Brian Jackson approached Fergus at his home to serve an arrest warrant, but when Fergus answered Jackson's knock on the door, he told Jackson he ''wasn't going to (expletive) jail tonight,'' said Hunker.

Fergus walked to his couch, sat down and proceeded to make telephone calls while the officer waited at the door.

At some point, Jackson entered the home and followed Fergus down his hallway and Fergus went into a bathroom and locked the door.

As Fergus opened the door slightly, Jackson attempted to push it open and it popped off its hinges.

Fergus attempted to strike Jackson with the door as Jackson shot Taser barbs at him.

The barbs became lodged in a heavy plastic shower curtain, so Jackson shot it a second time, hitting Fergus in the stomach area, said Hunker.

Fergus pulled the barbs out of his body, rammed the officer with the door and became entangled with the officer and the door in the window blinds.

Both men tumbled outside an entranceway and a foot chase ensued around the perimeter of the residence, said Hunker.

Fergus ended the foot chase by barricading himself in his bedroom and Jackson, who was injured from the fall and altercation with Fergus, called Hunker and other officers for assistance, Hunker said.

Fergus was arrested without further incident after back-up arrived, according to Hunker.

Jackson was treated at the emergency room at Fisher-Titus Medical Center for an injured hand, back and knee, said Hunker.

The officer has since been released to return to work with no major injury, Hunker said.

OBVIOUSLY HE'S DOING HIS JOB FOLKS! HE GOT ONE MORE SCUMBAG OFF THE STREET.

Fergus is due back in court Friday for a preliminary hearing on the newest charge, court records stated

swiss family

to "concernedWKMNers" you are really putting yourself down too much.. you tell me to STFU.. which i imagine means" Stop Talking to F*** Up"s" but if i did that, i would never be able to talk to you!!!! please don't be so cruel to yourself... yes it is true that you are a F up, but i think that you do the best that you can, with the little mental capacity that you are working with
the way that you start your blog, too.. by calling me some indistinguishable and nonsensical, name.. that too my dear is sensationalism...but see when the paper does it, they are trying to tell everyone in the headline, why they would be interested in reading that story... and it is their way of running their business, which is selling papers.. but in your case, you are just showing what an ornery witch you are!!!!

swiss family

why all of the paranoia about the fact that this guy is from Wakeman??? it is just that, a fact.. no more, and certainly no less!!!
you are making it seem as though there is some kind of vendetta about people from Wakeman, well i don't believe that there is.. it is just that.
please relax, and take some deep breaths.. they are putting it in the paper, where they are from, or where they are working, because these are the facts.. nothing more...

bankcopper

very nice

bankcopper

I GUESS IF PEOPLE CANT HANDLE OR KEEP A POLICE JOB, THEY SHOULD JUST QUIT AND THEN GO WORK FOR A BANK AS A COP/SECURITY.

concernedWKMNres

re: bankcopper....It probably pays more!

As for whomever thought it important to put Hunker's personal business out there, check those documents again. That happened when Tim Hunker was in High School and he's never lived in Wellington. Must be mistaken identity!

44846FC

RE TO CONCERNED: UNLESS YOU HAVE LOST YOUR LAST BRAIN CELL YOU INBRED WEST VIRGINIAN, THE LAW STATES THAT IF YOU ARE CONVICTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, YOU CANNOT CARRY OR POSSES A FIREARM AND BE A POLICE OFFICER!!!. UNDER OHIO LAW, YOU CAN BE CONVICTED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IF YOU ARE MARRIED OR SINGLE AND YOU HAVE A CHILD WITH THE WOMEN IF YOU ARE LIVING WITH HER AND NOT MARRIED THE COURT RECORDS SHOW THAT HE WAS CONVICTED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND I AM SURE THAT THE CHILD THAT HE WAS CONVICTED FOR NOT PAYING CHILD SUPPORT FOR WAS THE CHILD THAT HE HAD WITH THE SAME WOMEN THAT HE WAS CONVICTED OF BEATING!!. AND BY THE WAY YOU INBRED TRAILER TRASH THAT MOTHER WAS CONVICTED OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE FOR A D.U.I. ACCIDENT AND SPENT TIME IN PRISON JUST CHECK THE COURT RECORDS. IF HUNKERS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WAS EXPUNGED, IT WOULDN'T BE ON THE COURT RECORDS TODAY SOME YEARS LATER!!. AS FAR AS MR. JACKSONS RECORD GOES, IT'S PUBLIC RECORD, PULL IT UP AND FIND THE TRUTH, UNLESS YOU ARE ABOUT TO BEAR HIS NEXT LOVE CHILD, BY THE WAY HIS DAUGHTER IS DARK SKINNED, WE DON'T KNOW WICH DARK SKINNED HO HAD HIS CHILD AND NEITHER DOES HE!!!.

wakemanreswhomatters

Sounds like Larry Cancel is back on-line bashing the police and the village again. Why is it always the same old stuff Larry? Get a life and a job...oh ya you think you are a real police officer because you drive a unmarked car home. Oh please....just go chase bad check writers or whatever you supposedly do and leave our town to us. The mayors race is over and you lost! Get over it already! If you want to pick on peoples family and kids again we are happy to start talking about that again and have your wife go crying about how everyone is talking smack about her kids and her....lol. Didn't turn out to well on your end last time. We thought you had gotten the message that no cares about you and your family here.

why why why

Anyways, sounds like trailor park trash running their mouths again! no one cares about wakeman here!
i find it hard to beleieve cancels or wpd has time to sit online and bash each other! sounds more like moron mona aka redneckgirl or her trolly mom.
get a clue larry didnt want you and your feelings are hurt! hunker knows all about your game so keep it up!
doesn the ford plant need your help? oh thats right you keep getting hurt so you can stay at home and be a great mom! lol
ya far fetched i know!
you know where the cancels live if you have a problem with them go see them about it! im sure she has some words for you!lmao
trash trash trash! she has more class than to bash kids online,even yours!

DEAR ABBE

NOPE! Not me this time folks, try again. I have nothing to say about any of these people. Hunker knows my game? PLEEEASE! I asked Hunker about these alligations you folks are typing on here and he says it isn't him, that's all I know. I couldn't care less who has Brian's kids. That's his business, and as far as Cancels are concerned, they have a life, let them live it. I have not said a thing on here, in a very long time. Leave me out of it. She has words for me? That's funny, we've spoke many times lately and she hasn't mentioned anything of ill feelings to me. Sounds like some of you people just want to start trouble.