Friday, July 28, 2000

Pizzeria owner won't face felony charge

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA — A pizzeria owner who appeared Thursday in Clermont County municipal court no longer faces a felony assault charge.

        At the recommendation of Clermont County Prosecutor Don White, William Lester Peyton, 73, owner of Angilo's Pizza in Goshen Township, now faces a misdemeanor charge of assault. Mr. Peyton was arrested July 15 on charges he assaulted a police officer who was investigating a robbery at Mr. Peyton's restaurant.

        Mr. White said he favored the change because of Mr. Peyton's age and lack of criminal record. He would not discuss the police version of the incident.

        Mr. Peyton of Goshen Township, could go to trial in September, court officials said.

        Pat Perry, a manager at Angilo's, said she and two other employees were closing the restaurant for the night July 15 when three men entered the business and demanded money. One man was armed.

        When Ms. Perry called police, she asked dispatchers to notify Mr. Peyton of the robbery. She said Mr. Peyton, who has owned the pizzeria for 30 years, arrived at the restaurant soon after the 11 p.m. robbery.

        She said another employee witnessed police throw Mr. Peyton to the ground. She said Goshen Township officers refused to let Mr. Peyton in the restaurant to see about his employees.

        Mr. Peyton's attorney, Bruce Whitman could not be reached for comment Thursday.


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