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Police arrested Stanley (Steve) Hetzler, Yellow Springs, on Tuesday after he uttered a threat to harm the Village Council. He was cited for telecommunications harrassment and taken to Greene County Jail. He was scheduled to be heard before a Xenia Municipal Court judge on Wednesday morning.

According to Village Police Chief Anthony Pettiford, just after 9 a.m. a Village administrator received a call from Hetzler, who wanted to lodge a complaint about a local institution. When the administrator advised him to write out his complaint and deliver it to Council, he threatened Council with bodily harm. According to a Facebook post by Village Council member Lori Askeland, Hetzler was complaining about the farm animals Antioch College had recently proposed to place on the school’s “golf course” between Corry and Allen streets.

Hetzler, 70, does not have a criminal history, and Pettiford said that the threat appears to be an isolated incident. But police gauged their response by the nature of the threat.

“We take all threats seriously, especially when physical harm is involved,” Chief Pettiford said.

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