Lakemore Mayor Rick Justice recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident with a resident March 16 at Village Hall.

Lakemore Resident Robert Anthony reported the incident to the Lakemore Police Department. Police Chief Ken Ray requested the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Investigate the matter since it was a report about the mayor.

According to the Sheriff’s report dated March 30, Anthony said while he was at the Lakemore Village Hall, he and Justice got into a verbal altercation in which Justice grabbed Anthony and pushed him.

"An unfortunate situation occurred involving Mr. Anthony a few weeks ago," Justice said. "He behaved inappropriately at the Municipal Building toward village staff and me. I wish that I had handled the incident differently, but Mr. Anthony’s behavior could not be tolerated."

The report stated an investigation was conducted and the case was reviewed by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Craig Morgan of the City of Akron Law Department. Morgan recommended Justice be charged with disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor. 

Justice appeared at the Akron Municipal Court on April 24 and paid a fine for disorderly conduct.

"I sincerely regret that this incident happened," Justice said. "I continue to focus on moving forward in the village with long-awaited road repairs and several other projects that are currently in progress, including developments in residential, commercial, and recreational areas."