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Prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for former Iroquois School Board Member Michael J. McCormick III after he failed to attend a court hearing to answer charges that he pulled a shotgun on a family snowmobiling on his property in Elma.

McCormick, 67, who was thrown off the Iroquois Central School District in 1994 on 30 charges of misconduct, was due in Elma Town Court on Tuesday.

Erie County sheriff's deputies had issued appearance tickets for McCormick on a misdemeanor charge of menacing and a harassment violation after he confronted a family of four on his property on Sunday.

The identity of the family has been kept secret by Elma Justice M. William Boller. Family members said they were crossing McCormick's property at 7090 Seneca St. when he confronted them.

McCormick is accused of yanking a 15-year-old girl off her sled, taking the keys from her snowmobile, and pointing a shotgun at the family as he ordered them off his property.

After McCormick failed to appear Tuesday, town prosecutor Rosemary L. Bapst prepared an arrest warrant that is awaiting Boller's signature.

McCormick, who has been living in a camper trailer on the Seneca Street property, could not be reached to comment Friday. He told a sheriff's deputy he was leaving for Florida, and his telephone number has been forwarded to a number on Florida's west coast. That number is disconnected.

McCormick is also facing building code violations issued by Zoning Enforcement Officer Gerald Barry. The charges order him to remove junk vehicles and debris on the property and stop living in the trailer.

McCormick, who has been sent to jail for two short stays from his various disputes with the town and its residents, was escorted last month from an Iroquois school by sheriff's deputies after he refused to stop yelling and using abusive language.

Correspondent Nancy Gish contributed to this story.

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