Ravenna man convicted of running over Edinburg man with van

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Ravenna man faces two to eight years in prison after being convicted in a one-day trial of running over an Edinburg man with a vehicle during an incident on Hughes Road in Edinburg in November.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Robert J. Pifer, 49, with a last known address on Highland Avenue, was found guilty of two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies, following a bench trial in Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow's courtroom earlier this month. Enlow found Pifer not guilty of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to court records.

Pifer remains in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $100,000 bond pending sentencing.

Following an argument, Pifer got into his van and ran over Larry W. Melton, 63, in the front yard of a residence in the 7200 block of Hughes Road on Nov. 14. According to the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Pifer, Melton and Melton's girlfriend were at the residence when Pifer insulted Melton's daughter.

The argument moved outside, and Pifer got into his van and struck Melton with it. Melton suffered a broken leg and a broken shoulder, according to the sheriff's office.

Alcohol was involved in the incident, according to the sheriff's office.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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