Norwalk man arrested after hitting person over head with his cane

Suspect called victim a "punk" prior to assault, police said.
Cary Ashby
Jul 6, 2014


A Norwalk man faces two felonies in connection with hitting another man over the head with his walking cane.

Michael L. Beaver, 54, of the 5100 block of U.S. 250, is charged with one count each of felonious assault, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct (intoxication). The charges stem from an incident about 9 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment in the 400 block of East Adams Street in Sandusky.

A Sandusky man was hanging out with a few people when Beaver walked into the home and called the man a "punk," according to a Sandusky police report.

Beaver is accused of then poking the man with his walking cane, hoping to entice him into a fight. The man grabbed for the cane, but Beaver reportedly snatched it away and used it to strike him in the head a few times, police said.

According to Beaver's friend who lives nearby, the suspect "had (a) beef" with the man because he thought he'd stolen the friend's shirt, according to the report.

Paramedics treated the victim for a large laceration on his forehead.

Officers said they located Beaver in the friend's apartment and found two knives and a multi-tool in his pockets. Investigators later located the cane stashed behind a cabinet and charged Beaver with tampering with evidence in connection with trying to hide it from police.

Another man in the apartment, Kenneth Starcher, 48, of Sandusky, was charged with disorderly conduct (intoxication) in connection with refusing to tell police what happened and saying reportedly "Do your job; I ain't no snitch." Police said Starcher, whose blood-alcohol content registered at 0.245 percent, was released to a sober person.

Beaver must post a $34,000 bond before being released from the Erie County Jail.



called him a punk? i guess the liberals will probably twist it into a hate crime now..

The Answer Person

Probably more like your kind of love relationships? Kissy kissy!


what? no, im old, but i don't have a cane and i sure as hell got no love..

Kottage Kat

Ahhhh, Kane- Fu. Verrrry big with older folks



And some younger folks, too.

Dazed And Confused

It is a very sad day when mankind lashes out with verbal or physical attacks without cause.

Dazed And Confused

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Cliff Cannon

Although, this case seems a lot more complicated as well as potentially very dangerous.

I did think calling young folks " punks" and trying to hit them with your canes was a right of passage for us old folks.

Dang, another American tradition goes the way of political correctness.


...yo cliff, right you are, even kris kringle had his moment of weakness in 'miracle on 34th street'

Cliff Cannon

@T.G.W. And if Kris Kringle has a moment of weakness. How could us mere mortals be any different ? ( At least that's the excuse I plan on using in my nursing home for pinching the nurses )


...I'm not wating for he nursing home, cliffy, I'm on the clock naow!


sad but true..

Cliff Cannon

@mikeylikesit : I feel your pain man.


He faces jail time for calling someone a name and 'raising cane' but druggies in Huron County get probation or CBCF. What's wrong with this picture?

Seymour Butts

What you're not getting is that he called someone a "punk", which is a pretty badass thing to do. He's a menace to society and needs to be dealt with accordingly.


Maybe a caning would be a more appropriate punishment in this case? LOL


...exactly, Seymore ...someone once called me a punk and I still feel the hot blush of shame on my cheek...


it's because the judge is waiting for his copy of my "girls of cbcf" calendar. this guy isn't calendar material..

swiss family

OH Mikey.. you and those calender jokes... it never gets old....


So true, so true indeed.....


I'm sure there is more to this story. Love it


he's 54 which is not an old geezer,so its not a cane its a club


I hope he isnt white and the punk black or they will try give him 25 years


This guy might be raising cane, but the posts are all hilarious !


Nice mullet


I forwarded this article to Mr. Stills and Mr. Nash.

I smell a reunion.

Cliff Cannon

@Fairlybadboy : Thanks for the belly laugh !




I take it back ,he is a geezer


His hair is the real crime here. lol Give me scissors punk!