Bellevue man in altercation ordered to serve community control

A Bellevue man who admitted he was involved in an altercation with a bicyclist in Flat Rock in July was sentenced to community control during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Gary J. Mayer, 55, had been charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and his son, Adam D. Mayer, 30, had been charged with complicity to felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Gary Mayer had pleaded guilty to a lesser-included offense of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony, and the charge against his son was dismissed.

Shuff sentenced Gary Mayer to three years of community control and granted credit for four days served in Seneca County Jail.

Gary Mayer must complete a substance abuse assessment and treatment program, complete a mental health assessment and undergo random drug and/or alcohol urinalysis as directed Adult Parole Authority, according to court records.

He also must pay a $500 fine and $150 in restitution.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office had received a report about an altercation on East CR 34. Lee Springer reported he was riding his bicycle on CR 29, and a truck came up behind him.

Springer reported the truck’s occupants yelled racial slurs at him and told him to go back to Mexico, according to a search warrant filed in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

He said the vehicle turned sharply, cut him off and forced him into the ditch, it states.

Springer reported the vehicle sped to him and stopped less than 1 foot from him, it states.

Steve Callejas, the Mayers’ attorney, had said the men were traveling home from work, stopped to have some refreshments and passed Springer, who was riding a bicycle. They thought they were going around him without any problem, Springer took exception to how he was passed, and hand gestures were exchanged, he said.

There was never any physical contact between any of them, he said.

Gary Mayer may not have any contact with Springer, according to court records.