Retired fire lieutenant, security officer threatens deputy, faces prison


By Staff Report

A Zanesville man is facing time behind bars after threatening an officer following his detention while driving drunk.

William O’Neal Jr., 59-years-old, was arraigned Wednesday on felony and misdemeanor charges.

According to his indictment, O’Neal operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated on Sunday, January 30.

While many of the details about the situation are not being released at this time, the criminal complaint states that he threatened serious physical harm to a Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputy.

He was charged with aggravated menacing, a fifth-degree felony. Sheriff Matt Lutz said he had no information about the incident to release at this time.

Y-City News has withheld the name of the deputy who was threatened for his protection.

O’Neal appeared in court Wednesday, having posted his $200,000 bond.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges but questioned why he was given such a high bond when he is a retired 27-year career fire lieutenant and security officer.

O’Neal is represented by Attorney Tamas Tabor. No more information was available as of the time of publication.