Butler Police Chief Indicted?, say it ain’t so!

MANSFIELD — Richland County coroner’s investigator and Butler police Chief Bob Ball was freed on bail Wednesday, one day after being indicted by a special grand jury session.

Ball was charged with five counts of unauthorized use of property, each a fifth-degree felony. He also was charged with three counts of forging identification cards, each a first-degree misdemeanor.

He voluntarily surrendered to the jail Wednesday and was released a few hours later after posting a personal recognizance bond. Ball declined to comment.

Dean Holman, of the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office, is handling the case. He did not return messages Wednesday.

Ball was indicted after a yearlong investigation, according to a news release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

“Bob has been a great employee and has worked very hard for Richland County and we’ll just let this whole thing play out,” said Richland County Coroner Dr. Stewart Ryckman said.

Ball is part-time Butler police chief. He was placed on paid leave from the police department April 30, 2011, although Butler officials declined to say why.

Lt. Rod Fry and Lt. Tom Stortz assumed the administrative and supervisory duties of the Butler Police Department on May 1, 2011.

Former Butler Mayor Jeff Sellers said in his written notice to Ball that the leave would continue until further notice, pending the investigation.

According to Richland County sheriff’s records, Butler resident Joan Thompson, 189 College St., filed a theft report April 11, stating: “The complainant alleged of certain information involving misconduct by a public official in Richland County.”

Ball’s name is not on the general offense report. However, Thompson said she filed a report because she has seen the coroner’s cruiser in Butler over the last several years on numerous occasions.

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  6. buckeyesyd says:

    Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio
    ryan ball : again you single me out, i didnt indict him the people did..i didnt say he was caught doing anything, i only commented on another persons’s comment..go get your answers you need from them.. all i said is just that karma’s a bi%$# and hes getting some but not all of what he deserves, from years of him sticking his nose where it didnt belong and using his high up law enforcment statis to to gain favors threw children services for his shelby family to take children from there mothers, and destroy there lives. because he can get favors! done i think is wrong and he gets what he gets in any form is justice for those kids!!!

  7. buckeyesyd says:

    Amanda Harris · Top commenter · Assistant Manager at Burger King
    Okay So let me get this straight; he is in trouble for using the coroners vehicle in Butler where was the part time chief? If in reading this correctly and thats the case aren’t there bigger fish to fry elsewhere, seriously? Couldn’t you ask the man for a gas card to reimburse the county or some miles and maybe an oil change and go on your way, then drive to Joan whoever’s house and slap the crap out of her tell her to put her binoculars away and quit spying out her windows and go watch sown soap operas before you press charges on her for obstructing justice and inducing panic, cause yes folks that’s what she is doing, that’s If I’m reading this right that is.

    Justin J Hall · SubscribeSubscribed · Mansfield Senior
    He did my brothers autopsy i thought something was wrong with him i’ll message you about it later

  8. buckeyesyd says:

    Phil Sydnor · Top Commenter · Public Scrutiny
    Ryan Ball said “DIDNT REALIZE THAT THERE WERE RESTRICTIONS IN THE COUNTY WERE A COUNTY EMPLOYEE CAN GO THATS CRAZY DIDNT KNOW YOU WERE HIS BOSS EITHER HUMMM CRAZY”

    Didn’t realize he was like John Mayer, he thought he had complete run of anywhere in the State too!. See what that got him when he got too big for his britches?. These people need to start making better decisions on what they are doing on and off the clock!. When you assume a public position, you assume “public scrutiny”, or you DON’T get into the business. If a private employer allows this then fine, but when the County is broke and having to tax US more, look out!. For those of you who’s comments are getting REMOVED!, you can come here and “tell it like it is” – http://blog.mansfieldersperspective.com/?p=74#comment-23

    I bet this gets REMOVED as well!

  9. buckeyesyd says:

    Jeannie JohnsonWow this is a real cliffhanger…cant wait to hear the “rest of story” !

    Kim Conn · Top Commenter
    GO AHEAD WHO ARES ABOUT OUR TAX DOLLAR

    Kim Conn · Top Commenter
    WHAT DOES INDICTED MEAN

    Kim Conn · Top Commenter
    SMACK HIS HAND PUT HIM BACK TO WORK

  10. buckeyesyd says:

    Debora Banks · SubscribeSubscribed · Lucas High School
    What does the coroner have to do with this? Maybe i missed it in reading the story. Also why do you file a report because the coroners cruiser is someplace? Guess i don’t get it!

    Gail CanfieldIf I read it correctly … the misuse of the coroner’s cruiser

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · Public Scrutiny
    Gail Canfield – Let’s not forget, I think there was some funny stuff on his pc as well, porn comes to mind!.

    Gail CanfieldThank you Phil .. not up on the complete story nor in that area … was only trying to clarify for Debora if was possible.

    Betty RoachAlfred Lomax ; is it a bad thing that a person works more then two jobs to make ends meet, it looks to me, that mr ball wants to provide for his family..dont judge someone,if you havnt walked in his shoes

    Charlene Yarger · Kitchen Crew and Meals on Wheels at Volunteers at Butler Adult Center
    Betty Roach – You ought to be glad you DON”T walk in his shoes… ENUF said~

  11. buckeyesyd says:

    Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio
    must be a very porly runnin vehicle to be at the dealership all the time

    Ryan Ball · Lexington High School
    DIDNT REALIZE THAT THERE WERE RESTRICTIONS IN THE COUNTY WERE A COUNTY EMPLOYEE CAN GO THATS CRAZY DIDNT KNOW YOU WERE HIS BOSS EITHER HUMMM CRAZY

    Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio
    Ryan Ball I didnt say a word about where a county employee can be!!! but i do pay taxes in this county so i would think that people in this county have a right to know!!!! my comment was (must be a very porly runnin vehicle to be at the dealership all the time) how did u get from my comment to me being his boss????? mabe you aught to regroup your thoughts….

    Kyann Miner · Volunteer EMT-B/Firefighter at Worthington Township Fire Department
    Donald Huffman I understand what Ryan is saying. Because you are being a jack a** maybe maybe you should go back and read your comments. Common sense is you take your vehicle to a dealership that specializes in your make. Bob Ball may be down in the Butler Area often because last I knew that was his job as a coroner to go where the deaths occur and what should he put the bodies in his personal vehicle? I pay taxes also and it ticks me off that petty people are using my tax money to file stupid charges against a good man.

    Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio
    Kyann Miner!!! i did not file charges againt a good man nore do i care but someone must care and now hes is caught.. mabe you are being a jack a** maybe you should go back and read my comments.
    i never said a word about where he drives in this county nore do i care how he runs around like a rooster in a hen house ,,, i simply said to ryans comment (” must be a very porly runnin vehicle to be at the dealership all the time”) so how do you get from my comment to your interpatation that i care about where he drives….

    Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio
    Regina Shall really!!!! thats not what i said you are as ignorant as them again, i did not say a word about where he drives or where he goes hello !!!! i said simply ( it must be a very porly running vehicle to be at the dealership all the time) as ryan says it is…. get it threw your heads I DONT GIVE A RATS A** where he is or how he gets there I WAS ONLY COMMENTING ON HIS PORLY RUNNING VEHICLE HELLO IS EVERYONE THAT SHALLOW IN RICHLAND CO.
    (Regina must have got her comment REMOVED)?????

    Ryan Ball · Lexington High School
    Donald Huffman whats he cought doing? please fill us in expert

    Jamie WeyhmellerI think Joan needs to find a life! All her life she has caused issues in Butler! She had nothing better to do than worry about everyone else and what feathers she can ruffle! What a joke!

    Phil Sydnor · Top Commenter · Public Scrutiny
    Ryan Ball – I thought one of the original charges was porn on his work pc, do you know?.

  12. buckeyesyd says:

    Kim Conn · Top commenter
    Hes on vacation with pay. Should be fired

    Kyann Miner · Volunteer EMT-B/Firefighter at Worthington Township Fire Department
    I think that there is a difference between vacation and paid leave. Last I knew you ask to go on vacation and you are asked to take a paid leave. Maybe you should be fired for not knowing the difference. Bob Ball is a man who wanted to go back to work and was told no.

    Kim Conn · Top commenter
    Kyann Miner I THOUGHT THERE WAS

    Kim Conn · Top commenter
    Kyann Miner we dont need that kind working

  13. buckeyesyd says:

    Clydesdale Del · Top commenter · Muskingum University
    More to this, eh? As I read, I caught an image of a bowling ball with a lit fuse.

  14. buckeyesyd says:

    Lisa Banks Kovinchick · The Ohio State University
    ….And to think this is what our tax payers money goes to? It sounds like it is really reaching. As far as people with personal iissues against Mr. Ball, maybe we should take everything you have ever done and investigate you.
    People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

    Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio
    investigate away see what u can find !!!!!

    Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio
    thank god that i dont live in a glass house

    Kim Conn · Top commenter
    ME TOO

  15. buckeyesyd says:

    Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio
    karma’s a funny thing…. wait till they find out how much he influanced friends in the court system, for his family gain..to get custudy matters changed and take his own familys kids from there mothers for his brother and sister n law…mabe children services aught to be investigated also!!!! buy using your law enforecment statice to lie and manipulate the system..your just an everyday criminal like the rest…

    Charlene Yarger · Kitchen Crew and Meals on Wheels at Volunteers at Butler Adult Center
    And Regina you DON”T either… You need to know what you are talking about before opening your YAP~

    Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio
    again Regina: i do know who im talking about alot of people know exactly who we are talking about and we all have been waiting for this day to come mabe some of us for our own reasons but it is what it is and karma has come to roost in his hen house instead of the other way around:::: and Mr Williams do you know how many Aunt Bea’s there are in just richland co????….

  16. buckeyesyd says:

    Ryan Ball · Lexington High School
    YOU KNOW WHATS REALLY FUNNY PEOPLE TALK ALL THIS TRASH GIVE SOMEBODY A YEAR TO DIG IN YOUR PAST AND I PROMISE THEY CAN FIND SOMETHING. CROOKED COP HUH. LETS SEE A COUNTY EMPLOYEE THAT GETS HIS COUNTY VEHICLE WITCH BY THE WAY IS A JEEP, SERVICED AT WEEKLEYS IN BUTLER WHICH BY THE WAY IS A DODGE AND JEEP DEALERSHIP IN THE SAME COUNTY. GEE LET ME THINK DONT SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT. TELL ME WERE THATS IS CROOKED. AND A DOUBLE DIPPER THE MAN IS PART TIME AT A POLICE DEPT. THAT IS NOT A CIVIL SERVICE JOB YOU IDIOT. GUESS YOU DIDNT KNOW AS MUCH AS YOU THOUGHT DID YOU ALFRED. AND YOU THINK THE MAN WANTS TO BE OFF WORK NO HE IS A HARD WORKING MAN HE HAS BEEN ASKING THEM TO COME BACK TO WORK THAT IS THE VILLAGE OF BUTLERS FALT THAT HE IS OFF. NOT HIS. I GUESS WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS BUT AFTER HE BEATS THIS I WANNA SEE ALL YOUR FACES. AND YES KARMA IS A FUNNY THING AND SO IS PEOPLE OPENING THEIR BIG MOUTH THAT HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT AND NOT MAKING ANY SENSE AT ALL. SOUNDS LIKE A VERY UNEDUCATED MAN. OR SOMEBODY THAT COULDNT BEAT BOB BALL AND NOW HE IS A HATER. YOU STAND ON YOUR OWN 2 FEET BOB BALL AND YOU FIGHT THIS AND YOU WILL WIN AND THEN YOU HANDLE YOUR BUISNESS.

    Robert Beaver · Butler, Ohio
    YOU TELL”EM RYAN….

    Raymond BallWell said Ryan.

    Nick Bias · Notre Dame OH
    Bob Ball is a good man and a good public servant! People always try to throw rocks at things that shine! I really feel this investigation is the biggest crock and misuse of public funds dont we have some real criminals to investigate!

    Sally Snavely WilsonI agree!! way to go ryan!!

    Jonathan Peter Steensland · Rig Hand at Davis Well Service
    Can’t believe this garbage….absolute garbage.

    Phil Sydnor · Top Commenter · Public Scrutiny
    Regardless IF he’s a good man or not; this is Richland County!. Even if he’s found guilty on what ever the charges are…he’ll get a slap on the wrist, and yes – it will be another waste of tax payer dollars.
    Remember Sherri Robertson, John Mayer, Chuck Metcalf, Anthony Castlevetre, just to name a few. – These are all people who have been involved in a waste of tax payer dollars!. Some are good people, some are not. The bottom line is…the tax payer needs to see this waste that’s causing the City and County to be in fiscal crisis.

  17. buckeyesyd says:

    I’m just wondering when the State or Feds will come into Richaland County and do a COMPLETE SWEEP?.

    This question was posed on facebooks version of Mansfielders Perspective – https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/112700505521062/

    Thom Mock
    The other day I had to call the cops because a drunk man fell down in my driveway and was talking to people that weren’t there. The cops didn’t ask if he was conscience, or hurt, anyone wanna guess what the first thing they asked me was?

    Here’s some of the answers, just to name a few!
    Sasha Ellis Salsgiver Do you have I.D?
    Sean McMann Are you the guy who is posting critical commentary on Mansfield Perspective? LOL jk
    Thom Mock Is he black or white was their first and only question
    Phil Sydnor Did you get this persons name after they said that?. That would be my first question, and I would have taped the conversation as well. Did you do either?. I hope the State or Federal AG is watching!, what’s going on here as of late is madness!.

    Asking if this person was black or white is a problem!, maybe someone needs to see if this was recorded?, after all they are?, they suppose to record all calls. Hmmm?

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