CANTON The Lake Township man accused of shooting at numerous businesses and burning a church has a mental condition that calls into question his competency, according to his attorney.
In a filing Thursday in Canton Municipal Court, defense attorney Bradley Iams asked that his client, Richard D. Rhodes, get evaluated to see if he's mentally fit to understand the charges against him or stand trial.
Rhodes' "mental condition renders him incapable of understanding the nature and objective of the proceedings against him, and or assisting in his defense," Iams wrote in the filing.
The filing does not elaborate or further explain Rhodes' condition. Iams declined to comment Thursday on the competency request.
Judge Mary Falvey will decide whether to grant the request at a hearing set for next week.
Richard D. Rhodes, 49, of Kent Avenue NE, faces numerous felony charges accusing him of shooting at signs at Hartville Hardware while workers were inside, tearing down village banners in Hartville and shooting out windows at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Plain Township during a spate of incidents Sunday and Monday. He was arrested Tuesday by Uniontown police.
Charges of felonious assault, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and felony vandalism are pending in Canton Municipal Court.
Rhodes also faces aggravated arson, arson and breaking and entering charges in Alliance Municipal Court. Those stem from a fire set at St. Nikolai Orthodox Church in Marlboro Township.
Investigators said Rhodes is also linked to shots being fired at numerous Ohio Department of Transportation vehicles in Lake Township and Summit County and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle sites in Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls. Rhodes' occupation is listed as a Bureau of Motor Vehicles clerk at another location.
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