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January 18, 2014

Miami Co. commissioners want police investigation

Officials allege falsehoods in recorder's protective order request.

PERU — The Miami County commissioners want police to investigate statements found in a request for a protective order filed against one commissioner by the county recorder and her first deputy.

Commissioner Josh Francis made a motion Monday to have the Indiana State Police investigate what he said were false accusations made in the petitions by Recorder Brenda Weaver and her First Deputy Rhonda Trexler.

Weaver and Trexler sought the protective order after Commissioner Jerry Hamman entered their courthouse office last month and tore down a letter expressing grievances and complaints against other county officials.

Weaver said in her petition Hamman entered her office “enraged.” She said Hamman told her she could not post anything on the wall without his permission.

“His aggression became violent towards me and her,” Weaver said in the request. “He kept throwing his fist downward as he kept telling me he is in charge. I felt as though he would have hit me with that fist if the counter wasn’t between us.”

She went on to say “I fear violence from him. I am afraid of more retaliation and threats.”

In their petitions, both Weaver and Trexler crossed out the word “stalking” and wrote in “intimidation-bullying” as the reason they requested the protective orders.

Circuit Court Judge Timothy Spahr rejected the requests, stating intimidation is not a legal basis to issue a protective order.

Hamman said last month he removed the letter from the door because it personally attacked the county auditor, claiming she engaged in “gossip sessions” and criticizing her job performance.

The letter was written by Trexler and originally sent to the council president, but it was later posted on the door of the recorder’s office.

“She’s entitled to file a grievance or complain,” Weaver said Monday. “She voiced her opinion. You have a right to do that.”

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