Cross faces manacing and intimidation charges
JACKSON— An area businessman and longtime member of the Jackson Board of Education, had his first initial appearance in Jackson County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning.
Ancil Cross, 66, of Jackson, appeared for his arraignment at 9 a.m. March 28 with his Attorney, Justin Skaggs, at his side. Cross has been charged with two counts of menacing and one count of menacing by stalking, which are first degree misdemeanors, and intimidation a third degree felony.
Skaggs entered a plea of not guilty for his client.
Common Pleas Court Judge Leonard Holzapfel advised Cross to have no contact with the victim(s). That order lead to a brief conversation between the attorneys clarifying that Cross could attend his school board meetings, even though one of the victims was another board member. The idenity of the board member was not mentioned.
The victim(s) who pushed for the indictment have not been named, and have not come forward in any fashion.
The charges againist Cross stem from an investigation that dates back to 2009, when unsigned letters of a somewhat threatening nature were mailed to individuals associated with the Jackson City School District. The unnamed parties implicated Cross as the perpetrator of the letters which led to his indictment on the charges.
Cross stated he was initially “shocked” when he received word of the indictment and when asked if he had anything to do with what he is being accused of, stated emphatically, “absolutely not.”
Outside the courthouse supporters of Cross carried signs proclaiming his innocence and wore T-shirts saying “We love Ancil.”
Judge Holzapfel set a $50,000 Own Recognizance (OR) bond for Cross. His next scheduled court appearance has not been set at this time.