Judge orders man to hold "I am a bully" sign

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:45am

"I looked out the window and there he was with a bucket," said Mike Prugh.

For 15-years Mike says his next door neighbor, 62-year old Edmond Aviv has harrassed his family targeting his adopted, African American siblings with disabilities. He said, "You wonder every time you walk outside, you turn to your left to see if your neighbor is there spitting, yelling, screaming at you and you don't know why."

Mike says Aviv used a vent on his garage to hook up a device that leaked kerosene. Another time, he smeared dog feces on parts of the house after appearing in court five times over the years.

Judge Gayle Williams-Byers said enough is enough. She sentenced Aviv to 15-days in jail, ordered him to make a sign saying he was a bully and stand at the corner of Trebisky and Monticello over the weekend so people would know what he did to the Prughs. Judge Byers said, "I would hope that what's been achieved here is finally the modicum of justice that they had been hoping for for quite some time."

City councilwoman, Ruth Gray, wants more severe charges brought against Aviv saying, "I'm disturbed. I think that, we as a community need to ask some questions."

Mike hopes the sentence will finally make the harassment stop saying, "Move on with your life, hopefully they can move on with their lives and we can live in peace."


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