December 20, 2014

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Man who made threat at North Ridgeville Council to pay $75 fine

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A man who threatened to shoot North Ridgeville City Council members during a meeting has pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge.

Randall Smith was ordered to pay a $75 fine after entering the plea June 17, according to North Ridgeville Mayor’s Court records.

Smith did not return a call Friday and his attorney declined to comment on the plea.

During a June 2 Council meeting, Smith told Council that he would likely wind up in jail “because I’ll shoot four of you,” while talking about the possibility of flooding that could be caused by the construction of a new middle school near North Ridgeville High School.

Smith also had been upset about what he viewed as the city’s lack of action on forcing the cleanup of a neighboring property on Gail Drive.

Although Smith has apologized to Council for his comment, he also had promised to fight criminal charges against him earlier this month.

City officials have said they understood Smith’s frustrations and don’t believe that he ever intended to actually carry out his threat.

Council President Kevin Corcoran, R-at large, said Friday that given the problem of gun violence, threats such as the one Smith made need to be taken seriously.

“People can’t make those kinds of comments these days and expect to get away with them,” he said.

Corcoran said he was satisfied with the charge against Smith and the resolution in court.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT