Man allegedly threatens neighbor, police

By Sam Wildow -



PIQUA — A local man is in jail after allegedly threatening to shoot his neighbor.

Michael A. Minker, 40, of Piqua, was charged with first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing and fourth-degree disorderly conduct after a reported disturbance on the 800 block of Caldwell Street Thursday morning at approximately 3:30 a.m.

This was the second disturbance reported that night in which Minker was reportedly involved. During the first incident, there was a report of shots fired. According to Piqua police reports, “three subjects involved did not cooperate and stated they did not known what happened.” The involved parties were warned for disorderly conduct.

During the second incident, a woman with Minker was outside “yelling and screaming,” according to Piqua police reports. When someone asked her to go inside due to the early hours of the day, Minker was reportedly seen yelling “I will shoot you” at that person.

The victim felt threatened by Minker’s alleged action, claiming that someone had “just fired a gun at the house earlier in the night,” according to Piqua police reports.

When Minker was taken into custody, he reportedly harassed the arresting officers. According to Piqua police reports, Minker called the police officers profane names, threatened to harm the officers, and challenged the officers to fight him.

Minker is being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $35,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 21. According to court records, Minker appears to have no prior criminal history as an adult.

The woman with Minker — Nicole E. Meyers, 33, of Piqua — was charged with fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct in connection with this incident. Meyers was released after being charged. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 10.

In other news:

• There was a report of two credit cards being stolen from a vehicle and then used at the Shell gas station on South Street sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday. A suspect was identified. Robert Jenkins, 42, of Piqua, was charged with fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property and first-degree misdemeanor misuse of a credit card in connection with this incident.

• Tony J. Scarberry, 45, of Bradford, was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail for second-degree misdemeanor criminal damaging in Miami County Municipal Court. The original incident took place on the 7000 block of St. Rt. 721 in April. Scarberry was also fined $50, given 80 days of suspended jail time, and sentenced to two years of probation.

• Kennietha F. Woods, 24, of Harrison Township, was sentenced to two years of probation and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor unauthorized use of property. That charge was amended down from first-degree misdemeanor theft. The original incident took place at Walmart in November 2015.

• James L. Oburn, 18, of Pleasant Hill, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for first-degree misdemeanor theft in connection with an incident reported in June on the 7500 block of Lauver Road in Pleasant Hill. Oburn is also facing two other theft charges that were bound over to Miami County Common Pleas Court.


By Sam Wildow

Reach the writer at (937) 451-3336

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