At a hearing Monday, the West York councilman who sounded an air horn during a council meeting earlier this year was found guilty of disorderly conduct.

Tim Berkheimer, 54, was ordered to pay a $100 fine and costs, bringing the total to $281, according to district judge Walter Groom's office.

Police filed a citation with Groom's office on Nov. 7, three days after Berkheimer sounded the hand-held horn during a recess of a council meeting in the social hall of the West York Fire Dept.

According to the citation, Berkheimer sounded an "extremely loud horn blast in extreme proximity to numerous" people, "which did cause alarm."

Police estimated 100 people were in the social hall at the time of the incident, the citation says.

Neither Berkheimer nor his attorney returned calls seeking comment Monday.

What happened: Berkheimer, who was voted out of office in November, sounded the air horn during a heated exchange with members of the fire department, including Chief Ed Washington, during the Nov. 4 council meeting. A police officer confiscated the horn, but it was returned to Berkheimer after the meeting.

Berkheimer was seated at a makeshift council table when he and members of the fire department began shouting at each other. Washington approached the table, and the two continued the shouting match.

"That's when I pulled out my air horn to ward him off," Berkheimer said at the time the citation was filed.


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Berkheimer said he sounded the air horn as a means of defending himself.

"I took that air horn in case something did potentially happen and the police didn't defend me," he said.

The meeting had been moved from the borough building to the fire station because of the large number of people in attendance.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.