Charges filed after incident at ELO soccer match

EAST LIVERPOOL — Charges of menacing and disorderly conduct were filed this week against Robert H. Hill Jr., 45, Etruria Street following an incident at a Sept. 28 soccer match at Patterson Field.

According to police, officers were called to the field by assistant Principal Jay Kiger, reporting an incident between a parent and the high school soccer coach in the end zone. Officers arrived and spoke to head coach Zachary Kinsey and assistant coach, Charles Payne.

Payne reportedly showed officers a video on his phone of Hill continuously chest bumping Kinsey and pointing in his face, saying, “When I get you away from here, you got one coming.”

A second video reportedly depicted Hill’s ex-wife on the field, following the team as it walked toward the end zone, yelling obscenities at the entire team.

Officers reported they found Hill and his ex-wife standing on the hillside above the field and they were told to immediately leave the facility as well as school grounds.

According to officers, several players advised them Hill had been announcing the soccer game and was making derogatory comments directed at Kinsey. Chief John Lane reported Hill’s son is on the soccer team.

Officers advised the coaches they could file charges, and Kinsey followed through with the law director, stating this was the third time he has been approached on a school field and harassed, assaulted and menaced by Hill, saying Hill was spitting, chest bumping and threatening him. Hill’s ex-wife was not charged.

Arraignment is scheduled for Hill today in East Liverpool Municipal Court. Hill is running for the city school board in November.

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