Cops: Man threatened kids with pellet gun


A Greenfield man is being held on $300,000 bond after allegedly being intoxicated while threatening members of the McClain High School band and waving a pellet gun Monday.

Greenfield Police Chief Jeremiah Oyer said that at 4:20 p.m. Monday his office received a report of a male subject on the front porch of a residence on North Street waving what appeared to be a rifle and issuing threats toward McClain High School marching band members as they were walking past.

All available units were dispatched to the scene, Oyer said, and when they arrived they found 47-year-old Ronald Penn.

Penn had a pellet rifle in his possession and was shouting at members of the band, Oyer said. The police chief also said Penn was believed to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

Officers recovered the pellet rifle and arrested Penn on misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing and inducing panic, Oyer said.

Greenfield Superintendent Joe Wills gave roughly the same account. He said that after school, a little past 4 p.m., students were on their way back to the school from the practice football field when they reported to two teachers that an individual had threatened them in some way. Wills said the teachers called the police department and that police officers responded immediately.

Wills said none of the students were hurt.

Oyer said that Penn did not fire any shots from the pellet gun, but that he was acting in a threatening manner.

The police officers transported Penn to the Greenfield Jail.

Penn was arraigned Tuesday morning in Highland County Court in Greenfield where his bond was set at $150,000 on each of the charges. He was transported to the Highland County Justice Center in Hillsboro, according to a court spokesperson.

Penn is schedule to return to Highland County Court in Greenfield for a pretrial at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522 or [email protected].

Penn being held on $300,000 bond

By Jeff Gilliland

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