Man from Toulon charged with illegal weapon

By John A. Ballentine
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Sterling C. Williams, Jr., 30, appeared in Circuit Court Friday and pled not guilty on a charge of a felon in possession of a weapon. Williams is alleged to have had in his possession, a set of brass knuckles, which have been outlawed in the United States.

The weapon was discovered during a body search of Williams at the Stark County jail after he was arrested for domestic battery against Lisa Stoner, of North Henderson Street, in Toulon.

Court documentation states Williams, “knowingly made physical contact of an insulting and provoking nature with Lisa Stoner, a family member, in that he grabbed the neck of Lisa Stoner and pushed her into the wall…”

Stark County Deputy Sheriff Jordan Kelch was advised of a domestic battery at North Henderson Street, in Toulon. According to Kelch’s report, “The complainant, Lisa Stoner, stated her boyfriend Sterling Williams, Jr. beat and choked her, then fled the area in her car.”

Kelch arrested Williams at a North Miller Street address, in Toulon. Williams has been incarcerated at the Stark County jail since the June 1 incident under a $10,000 bond. On Friday, June 8, Williams’ bond was reduced to $5,000 by Circuit Judge Steven A. Kouri at the request of Williams’ public defender Robert M. McBride. Williams’ next court appearance is scheduled for June 29.

Williams’ criminal history from Henry County includes theft, criminal trespass to vehicles, possession of drugs and resisting arrest. He also has multiple charges and convictions from Stark County including not appearing for his court dates.

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