Ricky Satcher

Toledo Man Accused of Threatening, Harassing Prosecutor and Others With Expletive-Laced Voicemails

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

A Toledo man is being held without bail in the Lewis County Jail after he refused to give up his guns or sign paperwork at a court hearing at which he was charged with harassing three Lewis County attorneys — including Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer — through phone calls and voicemails for the past eight months.

Ricky A. Satcher, 61, of Toledo, made his first appearance Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts of harassment (threat to kill) and one count of felony telephone harassment.

According to court documents, he is accused in at least one case of leaving a message with a threat to kill and the sound of a gunshot for an area attorney as part of an eight-month string of explicit and threatening phone calls.

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Ricky A. Satcher makes his first appearance Thursday in Lewis county Superior Court on suspicion of felony harassment.

Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain is prosecuting the case.

McClain asked that Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke impose $100,000 bail, the same amount set in a warrant issued Oct. 17.

Satcher was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail Wednesday.

Defense attorney Rachael Tiller, representing Satcher in his first appearance, asked for release on behalf of her client.

O’Rourke initially agreed to maintain the $100,000 bail, but ordered Satcher held on no bail after continued outbursts, including a refusal to surrender his guns and other weapons to law enforcement if he bails out and another refusal to sign paperwork presented at his first hearing.

“I don’t sign s—,” he said.

Satcher began the hearing by calling O’Rourke “young lady” and continued making statements accusing the alleged victims of the harassment of hiring private detectives to spy on him.

His next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

According to court documents, Satcher started leaving voicemails in February for Meyer and two Lewis County attorneys in private practice.

The messages reportedly referenced “grievances” with county employees, Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza and others, and “were generally vulgar, yet non-threatening,” according to court documents.

Law enforcement officers advised the attorneys to obtain a civil anti-harassment order.

However, in March a detective received additional reports and listened to 14 voice messages left for Meyer and the other attorneys.

“The messages appeared to the detective as scripted messages in that there were the same narrative(s) in each and begin by stating that he, Satcher, is recording the call for use in a lawsuit or he is reporting a crime,” according to court documents.

In the messages, Satcher reportedly states that he plans to make a “citizen’s arrest” on each of the attorneys in the next week.

Satcher said, “they should not resist his arrest or he will use force to overcome such resistance,” according to court documents.

Satcher continued to leave expletive-laden voicemails in April and June.

On July 31, detectives contacted Satcher, who gave them a packet of documents, saying he planned to file a federal suit against the three attorneys now named as victims in the harassment case.

“Satcher was very angry and yelling during this exchange,” according to court documents.

On Oct. 1, one of the victims turned in another voicemail in which Satcher reportedly said he has “other means … (of) taking care of things,” after which the message recorded a “clearly recognizable gunshot,” according to court documents.

On Oct. 3, a second victim received an almost identical message from Satcher, and similar threats to get “justice” using his skills with a gun.

Satcher is also accused of felony telephone harassment against Meyer. He is not accused of threatening to kill Meyer, but of repeatedly calling him “with intent to harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass,” according to charging documents.