A Buchtel man has been arrested a second time for alleged misuse of the 911 emergency system, as well as allegedly assaulting an Athens County sheriff’s deputy.
Longtime local environmental activist Chad Kister, 48, of Buchtel, was convicted of aggravated menacing, misuse of the 911 emergency call system, and obstructing official business during a jury trial in Athens County Municipal Court last spring, although he has appealed that conviction to the Fourth District Court of Appeals.
The Athens County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that on Sunday (May 5), Athens County 911 alerted them to Kister calling 911 multiple times without requesting emergency services.
“It is reported 25 calls were made, two of those times being on actual 911 lines,” the Sheriff’s Office’s calls-for-service log reads. “Deputies along with the Nelsonville Police Department went to Bessemer Road (in Buchtel) to effect an arrest for charges of Telecommunication Harassment and Immunity Prohibited Act (Misuse of 9-1-1). Kister was arrested and transported to the SEORJ.”
A sheriff’s deputy opened the passenger door of that transport vehicle to let Kister out, and Kister allegedly kicked him in the stomach, according to the calls-for-service entry.
So far, Kister has been charged with a fourth-degree felony count of assault, a fifth-degree felony count of making a false 911 call, and a first-degree misdemeanor count of telephone harassment. He pleaded not guilty to the last charge, and has not entered a plea yet on the first two charges.
Kister has been showing up in the criminal and civil courts – and local news reports – going back to the early 1990s. As an Ohio University student, he led various campus environmental causes, including opposition to coal mining in this area and underneath a rare old-growth forest in Belmont County.
In recent years, Kister has alleged that the federal government installed a “brain implant” in his head, and he tried – unsuccessfully – to introduce that allegation into his trial last year.
According to copies of the 911 calls made by Kister that The NEWS obtained, Kister repeatedly asked, and at some points demanded, that the dispatchers help him build a lake across from the hostel he owns on Bessemer Road. He made other requests, too.
“I’m willing to put up Donald Trump or (Ohio Gov.) Michael DeWine for free in a private room in my hotel,” he said. “And as well as any other world leader, but of course, they will need to sign documents and communicate with me of course first.”
Athens County Sheriff’s Lt. Aaron Maynard explained Tuesday that during the weekend, all Sheriff’s Office lines are directed through the 911 communication center. So 23 of the 25 total calls were made to that “information” line, while two were made directly to 911.
“Obviously, you have 911 communicators that are trying to do emergency business downstairs, taking (multiple calls) from one individual,” Maynard said.
Maynard said Kister was advised to cease the calls, or criminal charges would be pursued.
“Then he decided to start calling 911,” he alleged.