STOW — Yet another new trial date has been set for a city councilman following an altercation with the mayor.
Councilman Bob Adaska will be tried on a charge of disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor, at 10 a.m. May 14 before Stow Municipal Court Magistrate John W. Clark.
The trial was scheduled to start May 8, but was rescheduled following a request filed by Michelle Banbury, who is serving as a special prosecutor in the case. Banbury requested the continuance because Mayor Sara Kline will be unavailable on May 8, according to court records.
This is the second time the trial has been re-scheduled. The trial was originally set to start April 26, but was moved to May 8 after Adaska’s attorney, George Keith, requested a continuance because "a witness critical to the defense" was unavailable on April 26.
Adaska pleaded not guilty to the offense in an arraignment before Stow Municipal Court Judge Kim Hoover on April 10, according to court records.
Adaska was charged after Kline alleged that he pushed her following a City Council meeting in March. Adaska has denied the allegation.
The charge was filed April 3 following an investigation conducted by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Stow Law Director Amber Zibritosky, the investigation was turned over to the sheriff’s office "to avoid any conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety," because as mayor, Kline is the city’s safety director and "is in the direct chain of command for the Police Department."
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