David Kierzek Theresa C Davis Edward F Storer Ralph Rader DP&L to stick with planned closings Preventing tax season identity theft 4-H awards 11 local scholarships Peebles Elementary holds Spirit Week Humane Society to hold Radio Auction Local business partners find historical treasure in old bank building DP&L employees meet with union leadership GE-Peebles Test Operation joins the campaign about Distracted Driving North Adams Elementary recognizes February Students of the Month Senior Profile: Sydney Michael Stars will shine for the 34th annual C-103 All-Star Game NAHS Track/XC host Shamrock Shuffle 5K Associated Press names All-Southeast District Teams Senior Profile: Hannah Howard Nice to finally be a small part of March Madness The tractor has always been special Jimmy Nelson Kathryn Boldman James E Downs Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards

Menacing complaint

Controversial allegations of “menacing by stalking” threaten to overshadow the 2016 race for Adams County Commissioners seats in the upcoming election.

Diane Ward, Human Resource Officer for the Adams County Commissioners office, has asked the Court of Common Pleas to impose a civil stalking order against her bosses, current commissioners, Stephen Caraway and Paul Worley.

In the complaint filed Jan. 6, Ward claimed that Caraway and Worley committed verbal actions which have caused her distress since she filed to run against Worley in the upcoming March election.

She accuses Caraway of screaming at her when she asked him and Commissioner Brian Baldridge to have Worley “back off” after she was reprimanded on Jan. 4 for a task she had worked on.

Her complaint asks that the two commissioners be barred from entering the government building in which she works, which is also the building where the commissioners conduct county business.

A hearing scheduled for Jan. 15 was cancelled following the recusal of Judges Brett Spencer and Rocky A. Coss (Highland County).

According to officials, a visiting judge from Greene County will hear the complaint, though no hearing date has been set.

Caraway and Worley have both secured legal council to address the claims.

Worley’s attorney, Don White, told the Defender, “Ms. Ward, upon filing her spurious complaint against Paul Worley, was granted an ex-parte hearing and testified before an Adams County magistrate. Paul did not receive prior notice of the complaint or the hearing. If there was even a remote possibility that there was any truth or merit to her complaint, she would have been granted a temporary civil protection order against Paul. That did not happen. Paul looks forward to a full hearing on this frivolous politically motivated complaint so that he can extinguish any thoughts that he has done anything to Ms. Ward other than insist that she do the job that the people of Adams County pay her to do.”

In a written statement Worley told the Defender, “I served my country with honor and integrity in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a commissioner, I have served Adams County with that same honor and integrity and respect for the people. I will continue to work hard and be a strong advocate for our community.”

According to Joseph Braun, attorney for Commissioner Caraway, “The Court has already reviewed this matter and determined Ms. Ward’s evidence was insufficient to grant the relief she is seeking. I believe the filing of this is politically motivated. We intend to aggressively defend this and not allow anyone to tarnish Mr. Caraway’s reputation for working hard for the residents of Adams County.”

According Caraway, he is looking forward to a hearing date.

Ward had not responded to a request for a comment before press time.

Controversial allegations of “menacing by stalking” threaten to overshadow the 2016 race for Adams County commissioners seats in the upcoming election.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Commissioners.jpgControversial allegations of “menacing by stalking” threaten to overshadow the 2016 race for Adams County commissioners seats in the upcoming election. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Accusations overshadow race for commissioner’s seats

By Patricia Beech

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