Charges Filed for Threats Against Councilman

Mike Ward

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man who threatened County Council Chairman David Ferguson during Council’s April 28 meeting was arrested and charged last week with threatening the life of a public official.

Michael Ward, 66, of Park Lane Drive was taken into custody by Sheriff’s deputies on May 1 and transported to the Fairfield County Detention Center. The Sheriff’s Office said Ward was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and was ordered to have no further contact with the victim.

Ward made his threats after expending his allotted 3 minutes during the second public comment portion of the April 28 meeting. After his time had expired, Ward refused to take his seat until he received what he perceived as a satisfactory response from Ferguson (District 5) regarding the criminal history of Councilman Kamau Marcharia (District 4). When Ferguson motioned for deputies to escort Ward away from the podium, Ward said to Ferguson, “If he touches me, you’re going to get dropped.”

A second deputy then descended on Ward, and the two officers escorted Ward from the chambers.

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