House candidate assaulted for campaign ads

CELINA, Ohio (ADAMS) – Police in Mercer County say a candidate for the Ohio House was attacked while confronting a man that stole one of his campaign signs.

Republican candidate for Ohio House District 84, representative Travis Faber reported that a large campaign sign from the corner of Westbank Rd and US127 had been stolen. It had been placed on private property with permission. Review of nearby surveillance footage showed a person in a red Ford pickup truck took the sign on April 9th.

On April 17, Faber was checking his new sign as he drove by and the red truck was leaving, and his sign had been taken. Mr. Faber asked the man to return the sign. The man was later identified as 55-year-old Frank Urwin of St. Henry.

Faber parked on the nearby parking lot of the Boardwalk Bar & Grill. Urwin turned around on US127, pulled onto the parking lot where Mr. Faber was and quickly exited his truck. He charged at Faber, who was seated in his car. Urwin opened Faber’s car door and physically assaulted him, pulling him from the car and repeatedly striking him.

Urwin fled the scene. He was later arrested for assault and theft. The incident reportedly was sparked by a campaign ad that Urwin did not like.