Canton City Prosecutor Ty Hauritz said he sought to double the bond "due to the serious nature of charges and the fact there may be other felonies pending."

More charges were filed Wednesday against the Lake Township man accused of shooting at several businesses, churches and government vehicles throughout Stark and Summit counties.

Federal agencies also are looking into the allegations against Richard Rhodes, 49, of Kent Avenue NE in Lake Township.

Rhodes, a Bureau of Motor Vehicles clerk, remains in the Stark County Jail, held in lieu of $1 million bond following his initial appearance Wednesday morning in Canton Municipal Court.

Rhodes initially sought to serve as his own attorney but his family hired Canton attorney Bradley Iams to represent him in court.

"I met with the defendant this morning, but I can't talk about that" or discuss any details in the case, Iams said.

Another court hearing is set for next week.

More allegations

Rhodes faces additional charges in Alliance Municipal Court, Stark County court records show.

Marlboro Township police filed charges of arson, aggravated arson and breaking and entering against Rhodes. Those stem from the fire that damaged St. Nikolai Orthodox Church early Sunday morning, leaving the 40-member congregation temporarily without a home.

Uniontown police initially arrested Rhodes at 2:32 a.m. Tuesday on charges of felonious assault, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises and two counts of felony vandalism. They seized a .22-caliber rifle and several stolen business and realtor signs from him.

Stark County Sheriff's deputies also filed felony charges against Rhodes on Tuesday. Those include vandalism, criminal tools possession and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. He was charged after a gun and shell casings were found inside his vehicle.

The agencies —along with Ohio Highway Patrol, Marlboro Township Police, Hartville Police and authorities in Summit county — continued Wednesday to investigate the incidents that led to his arrest.

The incidents began about 5 a.m. Sunday when, police believe, Rhodes broke into a Marlboro Township church and set it on fire.

 

Police say he then:


used a chainsaw to destroy a crucifix in Alliance
cut down a Hartville Equestrian Center sign
tore 11 Hartville village banners from utility poles
shot at the Hartville Hardware building multiple times - with two employees still inside
cut down the Soap Box Derby sign in Akron.

Investigators also believe he:


fired several shots that damaged six vehicles at Ohio Department of Transportation facilities on Mount Pleasant Street in Lake Township and South Arlington Road in Summit County
Shot out the windows of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices in Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls and Plain Township
and shot up a cruiser parked at the Ohio Highway Patrol's Canton area post before returning home.

Uniontown Police Chief Harold Britt was waiting for him when he got home. With assistance from Hartville police, Britt arrested Rhodes.

Canton Municipal Court documents show Rhodes had 10 DeHoff Realtor signs and a business sign for the Hartville Equestrian Center when he was arrested.

Bond doubled

Court paperwork said he looked through a glass door and saw someone inside the Hartville Hardware store at 1315 Edison St. NW before firing several rounds from his .22-caliber rifle into the business early Tuesday morning. Two people were cleaning inside.

The paperwork also said he fired 17 shots from his white 2011 Ford Ranger at the BMV office and driver's license exam station on Whitewood Street NW in Plain Township.

On Tuesday afternoon, Britt and Marlboro Township Police Chief Ron Devies met to discuss the incidents and the church fire with agents with the Ohio Fire Marshals Office and the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, adding federal investigators to the case.

"We're aware of the case," said Michael Tobin, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland.

Canton City Prosecutor Ty Hauritz said he sought to double Rhodes' bond to $1 million "due to the serious nature of charges and the fact there may be other felonies pending."

Reach Lori at 330-580-8309 or lori.steineck@cantonrep.com.

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Local News Editor Dave Sereno contributed to this report.

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