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Ohio man dies after being beaten over 75 cents at homeless shelter

By Mason White 9:48 AM August 9, 2013
Joseph Meyers 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
A man, who volunteered at a homeless shelter, has died after he was beaten over a dispute about 75 cents, according to police reports in Ohio.

Hospital officials said that four days after a brutal assault stemming from a dispute over 75 cents, a resident and volunteer worker at a rescue mission in downtown Toledo died on Wednesday.

Joseph Meyers, 53, was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center at 5:58 pm, Toledo police said Thursday.
Sergeant Joe Heffernan said police plan to file a murder charge against his alleged assailant, Houston Hart, 49, when the case goes before a grand jury in Lucas County.

Hart faces a charge of criminal assault, for which he was arrested and detained in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

Police said Meyers, 53, was beaten and trampled on Saturday in the Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, located at 1917 Jefferson Avenue, After refusing to give Hart 75 cents.

Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a deputy coroner in Lucas County, said she had to review the police reports and medical records before ruling on the cause of the death of Meyers.

Meyers had been in the mission for 19 months, said the Reverend Thomas Clapsaddle, executive director of the mission.
Hart remained on-and-off for about six months, and the two were known to be volunteers at the mission.

For more than a month, Meyers, who struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for most of his life, wrote blogs for, explaining in detail how to play with gadgets, change watch batteries, and change old circuit breakers.