Charges against coroner-elect dropped

Published 8:25 am Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Menacing charges against Butler County Coroner-elect Ollie Scott, who was accused of pulling a handgun on a neighbor earlier this month, have been dropped.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, Scott was arrested on a warrant, which accused him of threatening someone with a gun. At the time of the arrest, the victim stated that he and Scott got into an altercation, which led to Scott pulling a gun. Scott was booked into the Butler County Correctional Facility, but posted bail shortly thereafter.

According the Butler County District Attorney Charlotte Tesmer, the victim dropped the charges last Friday. Scott spoke after the charges were officially dismissed.

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“It was simply a misunderstanding between neighbors and that’s all,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that anything like this happened, but I’m glad the charges were dropped. Becoming Butler County’s first black county-wide elected official is very important to me.”

Kenneth Crum is the President of the Butler County Concerned Citizens group. He spoke on Scott’s behalf as well.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation because Ollie has done nothing wrong,” he concluded. “He did all the right things to get elected and now he’s looking forward to serving the people of Butler County.”

Scott will officially take over as coroner on Jan. 1, 2019.

He is unopposed in the Nov. 6 General Election.