WINNSBORO — A Winnsboro resident was arrested for threatening the life of a public official following comments made during Fairfield County Council’s April 28 meeting.
Mike Ward of Park Lane Drive was issued a warrant and arrested on May 1 by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department.
The warrant stemmed from comments made during the public comment portion of April 28’s meeting when Ward spent the majority of his three minutes at the podium outlining District 4 councilman Kamau Marcharia’s New England Law Review after time spent in the New Jersey Penal System.
Ward reviewed a brief section of the parole board’s 72-page review and then asked who sat behind the name plate of District 4, referring to Marcharia, who has gone by three other names.
“It does not appear time has had much impact upon the actions which first brought you (Marcharia) to our prison,” Ward recited directly from the report. “Although you have obtained a GED certificate and have been enrolled in group counseling, the professional reports still describe you as lacking insight and judgement.”
After summarizing the report, Ward concluded his time by asking council who sat in District 4’s seat.
“I ask again as I conclude, who sits in that seat — the elected member Marcharia or one of the other three (previous names) I already mentioned?” he asked.
Upon Ward’s conclusion, Fairfield County Council Chairman David Ferguson thanked Ward for his comments.
“That’s not an answer (to my question),” Ward stated.
“Yes it is,” Ferguson replied.
“No it ain’t, try again and work on your verbiage,” Ward responded.
Ferguson then told Ward to have a seat.
“I know where I can have a seat at,” Ward barked back refusing to give up the microphone.
Ferguson then motioned for deputies to remove Ward from the podium.
“If he (deputy) touches me you’re going to get dropped,” Ward told Ferguson.
A stunned council chambers watched as Lt. Ginyard and Capt. Padgett escorted Ward out of the building and off the property.
Marcharia, who served nine years in prison after being convicted for assault, kidnapping and rape in 1964, addressed Ward’s comments during county council time.
“Normally I don’t respond,” Marcharia began. “I did get my GED and went to college to try and better myself. Even the victims and the police will tell you in writing, and if you read the transcript, that I didn’t commit that crime. But that doesn’t mean just because you’re innocent you won’t go to jail. I’ve been on this council now for 16 years and everybody knows my background. If people believe what that gentleman (Ward) just said, do you think the good people of my district would have elected me over and over again if they thought there was any veracity to those lies?”