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Ohio ‘bully,’ 62, serves sentence on street corner

Bill Schneeberg (right) spoke Sunday to Edmond Aviv of South Euclid, Ohio, who sat with a sign stating he is a bully. Aviv pleaded no contest to charges he harassed his neighbors.

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Bill Schneeberg (right) spoke Sunday to Edmond Aviv of South Euclid, Ohio, who sat with a sign stating he is a bully. Aviv pleaded no contest to charges he harassed his neighbors.

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — A man accused of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children for the past 15 years sat at a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he’s a bully, a requirement of his sentence.

Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered 62-year-old Edmond Aviv to display the sign for five hours Sunday.

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The judge selected the wording for it: ‘‘I am a bully. I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.’’

Aviv arrived at the corner with the sign just before 9 a.m. Within a couple of minutes, a passing motorist honked a car horn. Later in the morning, he was sitting in a chair holding the hand-lettered sign in front of him. A court probation officer monitored him.

Aviv mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped by to talk with him. But he was not happy with the punishment, calling the sentence unfair. ‘‘The judge destroyed me,’’ he said. ‘‘This isn’t fair at all.’’

Court records show Aviv pleaded no contest in February to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. His attorney did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.

Aviv has feuded with his neighbor Sandra Prugh for the past 15 years, court records show. The most recent case stemmed from Aviv’s being annoyed at the smell coming from Prugh’s dryer vent when she did laundry, according to court records. In retaliation, Aviv used a fan to blow the smell of kerosene onto Prugh’s property, the records said.

Prugh has two adult adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy; a husband with dementia; and a paralyzed son.

Prugh said in a letter to the court that Aviv had called her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, spit on her several times, regularly threw dog feces on her son’s car windshield, and once smeared feces on a wheelchair ramp.

The judge also ordered Aviv to serve 15 days in jail and to undergo anger management classes. He also had to submit an apology letter to Prugh.

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