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Resident Says Little League Board Member Assaulted Him Inside City Hall

Chuck Osborne told North Canton police he was assaulted by a North Canton Little League board member after he spoke out against proposed overhead lights at a public hearing Monday

One North Canton resident says a city meeting got a little heated Monday night when he was "lured outside the public hearing" and assaulted in an open lobby inside City Hall.

Chuck Osborne, who had spoken against the addition of overhead lights to the Little League ball fields, told North Canton police a member of the Board of Directors for the North Canton Little League physically assaulted him.

"Before he assaulted me he told me he thought I was grandstanding when I spoke before city council," Osborne said in an email to North Canton Patch. 

"The ordeal was a little unsettling."

North Canton City Council hosted a public meeting that started at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss the proposed overhead lighting. It was slated to last a half hour but continued for about an hour and a half.

The topic of overhead lights at the ball fields has been a point of contention at previous North Canton City Council meetings. Some residents and Little League officials believe the lights are necessary for tournament play and would prevent games being called because of darkness. Others believe the lights will create a nuisance for residents living near the fields.

Council President Jon Snyder said Monday night's discussion was "civil," and he did not notice any signs that a physical confrontation might occur among those in the audience.

"There were no tempers manifested or shown during that whole meeting," he said.

He said he's never known audience members to become physical over a difference in opinions.

"In all the years I've been involved in government ... well over 25 years, I've honestly never seen or to my knowledge seen it escalate to where it's physical contact," he added.

Police Chief Stephan Wilder said he's never known any physical altercations to happen inside City Hall, either.

"In my time up here, I can't recall where we've had a situation like this where two people were involved in a physical altercation, (though) there have been plenty of verbal disagreements over time, and that's expected when you're in an open forum like this," he said.

Wilder said the police department will not release the name of the suspect, as no charges have been filed. Possible charges would be one count of assault, which is a first-degree misdemeanor.

North Canton Patch typically does not publish the names of those accused of misdemeanors unless the person is a prominent member of the community.

Wilder said the department will likely see a conclusion within two weeks.

"We want to get all the facts in place," he said. "We'll discuss it with a prosecutor, then we'll go with their recommendations there (and see) whether it warrants anything else."

Alyson Flynn February 05, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Residents near the ball park should express their opinion about the lights. Not residents who live near the YMCA.
Jeff W February 05, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Chuck Osborne is the biggest grandstander in North Canton. He is a nuisance, and has costed this city thousands and thousands of dollars with his idiotic mantra time and time again. Why would Chuck speak against the lights at the Little League fields? He doesn't live by them, and it will cost the city nothing. Chuck spoke against the lights because the mayor, and city council are in favor of allowing the lights to be added. Chuck...I caution you greatly. One of these days you will have to pay for your obscene waste of the city of North Canton's, and its peoples time and money. You are lucky you didn't get hurt. I will say again......go find another hobby.
Bob Reolfi February 05, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Chuck, very simply Go Away! Stop sticking your nose in business that is not yours. You know darn well you are doing nothing but grandstanding to get your name published. I as well as others are sick of the grandstanding and the bad publicity it creates for the City.
Jennifer S February 05, 2013 at 09:04 PM
If its what is in the best interest of "our" kids it should be voted on as a community not some one that seems to think he is the only one with an opinion.
Tim Smyth February 05, 2013 at 10:52 PM
I do live near the ball fields. While, I understand the parking consternation, I think that can be easily solved. Frankly, I find the sounds of baseball to be very comforting - the National Anthem, team announcements, the crack of a bat and the sounds of cheering. I think it contributes to the serenity of MY neighborhood.
Chuck Osborne February 05, 2013 at 11:35 PM
A quick read of my remarks on the lighting issue will show that the outcome of this issue affects more than residents and neighbors immediately adjacent to the North Canton Little League ball fields. The link below is a posting on Patch of my remarks on the lighting issue. http://northcanton.patch.com/blog_posts/north-canton-neighborhoods-are-under-attack My remarks to council can also be found at http://opengovernment4nc.blogspot.com/
jim February 06, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Chuck has a point about the loudspeaker at the ball fields. Why does it have to be so loud that you can hear it on a porch on a home near Schneider st in the summertime? Some people want some peace and quiet in the evenings. There is some strong intolerance in NC that has shown up on many topics. Aggressive to the point of advocating physical have been posted here just because someone doesn’t agree with a couple words. Chuck, Chad, Chip, Cathy or anyone else has the right to speak up and give their opinion. I have heard more of what I would call grandstanding coming from the other side of the podium at city hall. The people who set up this form of government designed and fully intended for it to be kept in check with citizen participation exactly like Chuck is doing. Chuck, you have my blessing to continue to state your case.
Jeff W February 06, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Chuck, You are absolutely unbelievable. Let's do a survey of neighbors that surround the little league fields, and see where the sentiment lies. You will learn that there are only a few of the neighbors who object the fields, and have done so from day one. I could name them here, but I won't to protect their right to be selffish, and narrow-minded. Are you really trying to allege that by putting lights at the little league field it will bring down the value of houses in the area? You have seriously gone past the point of grandstanding, and now are on to deranged ranting. I LIVE in that area Chuck. The little league fields add value to this area, and to the city of North Canton. There is NO economic indicator that says differently. I challenge you to present one! Face it Chuck...this is just another one of your deranged, grandstanding moves that makes you, and the city look bad for putting up with you. I will investigate putting together a class action suit against you for wasting the cities' time and money. Find another hobby Chuck, or this little deranged hobby/quest you are on may end up costing you a lot of money. Mr. Smyth.....amen. I concur completely. When my wife and I are out on our deck in the summer, and we hear the loudspeaker, the national anthem, and the cheers, we smile at each other and know we live in a great city, and truly appreciate "the sounds of summer".
Del Pucci February 06, 2013 at 12:21 AM
There were many residents giving their opinions at the council meeting. Mr. Osborne was giving honest, truthful facts. Several minutes later, a director on the Little League board, called Mr. Osborne out of the meeting, and said that he was grandstanding. A witness saw the assault to Mr. Osborne and called the police. Is this kind of behavior the way to represent Little League? Little League is supposed to promote good sportmanship that cultivates good citizenship.
jim February 06, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Jeff W deranged ranting? The man gave some prepared comments on a topic on the agenda and you use the word deranged three times to describe them. You are starting to get scary. Take a walk around the block, pet the dog, watch some TV and calm down.
Holly Pierpont February 06, 2013 at 12:38 AM
All that sticks out at me about Mr. Osborne's prepared statement was his starting out with catch phrases like "meth house" and "arsonist." To me, this is the very definition of fear-mongering and grandstanding. One would think some lights on the Little League fields was going to lead to neighbors detriment. He called it an attack on North Canton neighborhoods. I call it an attack on North Canton kids, to even consider lumping them into a statement that incorporates such talk of illegal activities. It is sick. As someone else said: the sound of baseball is beautiful. It is my little piece of Americana each summer, and I love it. Since Mr. Osborne cannot hear such sounds of serenity from his own home which is not near the fields, one wood question his motives.
Jeff W February 06, 2013 at 12:50 AM
"Neighborhoods in North Canton are under assault. Throughout the city, neighborhoods are dealing with foreclosures and rentals. In my neighborhood, my wife and I have seen the attack on the serenity of our neighborhood escalate. Early last year, an arsonist torched a rental property and due to the close proximity of house next door, two homes were destroyed. In the last few months, another rental property, three doors down from my home, was discovered to be a “Meth House.” Jim....did you read Chuck's comments? By starting his comments with the above, he is allegeding, that by putting up those lights at the Little League fields, it will lead to people moving away, houses turning into rentals, and possible meth labs moving in. Do you think that is anything but deranged thinking? I know I sure don't. Again, there is no evidence or data that remotely suggests that those lights will do anything to the values of our homes. None. If anything, it will increase the value. Mr Pucci has previously alleged that by putting up lights it will increase crime, and also threaten our ground water (of which Chuck also concurs). Again, does that sound like rational thinking? Of course not..... And jim....my guess is that I am much calmer at this moment than you will be once the school levy gets discussed, and probably passes. :-) Just sayin'......
jim February 06, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Jeff W I read his comments. NC is experiencing foreclosures and conversions to rentals. You rant about Chuck being deranged by his bringing several facts together in a way you do not like. Then you end your post by bringing in from left field the school levy issue in a way meant to create ill will. Jeff, you’re like the pot calling the kettle black!
Del Pucci February 06, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Mr. Young, Treasurer of Little League, says they will play at least until 10:00 pm for at least six months. If you lived next to the park; that will be very serene . That's half a year!! You must not have to arise early to go to work. Ask any realtor about location, location, location in the price of your home.
Holly Pierpont February 06, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Is that seven days a week?
Allen Wells February 06, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Could someone please tell me who is paying the electric bill for the lights the little league or city?
Allen Wells February 06, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Could someone please tell me who is paying the electric bill for the lights the little league or city?
Daniel J Peters February 06, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Alan, if the lights are installed, the cost to operate and installation will be covered by private donation. Daniel J Peters(council-Ward 2)
Allen Wells February 06, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Great thank you Mr. Peters.
Dave S February 06, 2013 at 11:56 AM
And to think this is a "child's game"!
jim February 06, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Mr. Peters If the '"private donations"" stop or do not cover the bill who pays?
Denise Evans February 06, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I live right beside the YMCA parking lot which is very well lite and during the summer, very alive with activities. I moved there for that reason. We live in the city, and the sites and sounds of the city is what drew us there. If you don't want that, then live in the burbs. I love the lights, the activities, the sounds and even the church bells bright and early on a Sunday Morning. I am sorry, I have read your comments and I think they are not the reason that certain members of our community are breaking laws. This is society in general and it will affect all cities. Our police force and local government do a fine job policing our streets and keeping the "riff raff" to a minimum. I appreciate this. But things are going to happen.
Denise Evans February 06, 2013 at 06:36 PM
That is exactly what I said. I love the sights and sounds of summer in the City. It is the reason I moved here.
larry smith February 09, 2013 at 09:33 PM
i see the problem here,its so obvious. chuck got cut from the little leagues! poor chuckie couldnt hit the ball and now he's getting his revenge. shame on you chuck.and little leaguer's, dont spit your fake chewing tobacco on the ground or you'll ruin the aquifier.someone hand him a rag to cry in.

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