NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police have charged a man who threatened to shoot City Council members during a recent meeting.
Randall Smith was cited for disorderly conduct, said North Ridgeville police Capt. Marti Garrow.
Smith was issued a summons to appear in the city’s Mayor’s Court on June 18, Garrow said.
The charge is a minor misdemeanor and carries no jail time but is punishable by a fine of up to $100.
Smith made the threat during the June 2 Council meeting over his frustration with what he saw as the city’s lack of action to force a cleanup of a neighboring overgrown property on Gail Drive.
Although Smith said he was mostly upset about the situation with his neighbor’s house, his threat was uttered as he talked about prospects of increased flooding from construction of a new middle school near North Ridgeville High School.
Smith told Council he would likely wind up in jail “because I’ll shoot four of you.”
Last week, Smith expressed regret over his remarks, but said he would fight the city if charged from the incident.
“I spent a year in Vietnam to say what I want to say,” he told The Chronicle-Telegram.
Garrow said he spoke Monday with Smith after Council members and the administration concluded they did not wish to pursue more serious charges of menacing or aggravated menacing against Smith.
Smith was given a summons when he came Tuesday to City Hall.
“He was apologetic, and realizes that was not the right thing to say,” Garrow said. “He seems remorseful.”
Smith wrote a letter of apology to Council members, and apologized to City Council President Kevin Corcoran, R-at large.
Officials said they understood Smith’s frustration but agreed that his anger over homeowner issues did not give him license to threaten anyone.
Everyone agreed they didn’t believe Smith was serious about his threat.
Smith could not be reached Tuesday.
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