June 30, 2016

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Man on mower screams for guns

MEDINA — The sight of a Liverpool Township man screaming atop a riding lawn mower while zipping around the gazebo on Public Square drove numerous passers-by to call police Tuesday.

At 12:26 p.m., Lt. Bob Starcher said Stephen Williams, 43, was riding his lawn mower around the square “at a high rate of speed” along with a homemade flag bearing the words “Not Guilty” scrawled in black paint on a white sheet.

“We must have gotten 15 calls” about Williams, the lieutenant said.

Williams, of 754 W. River Road, reportedly was screaming “he wanted his guns,” Starcher said.

Police arrested Williams on a disorderly conduct charge, but he later was charged with a probation violation. He was being held in the Medina County Jail without bail Tuesday night, a jail spokesman said.

In 2009, Williams was found guilty of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony, according to common pleas court records.

Starcher said police do not know Williams’ motives or why he had the “Not Guilty” flag.

He said Williams was not intoxicated at the time and it is not known whether he drove the lawn mower to the square from Liverpool Township that morning or if he hauled it in a vehicle.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.