STOW — A City Councilman pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to a minor misdemeanor offense in connection with an incident involving the Stow mayor in March.
Councilman Bob Adaska issued the plea in an arraignment before Stow Municipal Court Judge Kim Hoover, according to the judge’s bailiff.
A trial has been scheduled for April 26 at 9 a.m. before Magistrate John Clark.
Adaska is facing the charge after Mayor Sara Kline alleged that Adaska pushed her following a City Council meeting last month. Adaska has denied the allegation.
The charge was filed last week following an investigation by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our detective conducted an investigation including reviewing video and conducting interviews,” said Summit County Sheriff’s Office inspector Bill Holland. “He reviewed the case with the special prosecutor and determined to summons [Adaska] into Stow Municipal Court on a charge of disorderly conduct.”
A probable cause affidavit in the case states that at the end of the March 22 Stow City Council meeting Adaska “grabbed” the mayor and “pushed her.”
“The victim immediately alerted others in the room of the incident and filed a police report with the Stow Police Department,” the affadavit states. “No one present at the meeting witnessed the incident but, the incident was recorded on surveillance camera. Mr. Adaska denied grabbing [the victim].”
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