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Another look at Amboy incident

Sacco-Miller seeks further inquiry into case involving mayor

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 4:28 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014 10:55 p.m. CST
(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Mayor Tom Nauman speaks during a meeting March 17 of the Amboy City Council. Nauman did not directly address accusations made during the meeting by Alderwoman Deanne Hoy that he had struck her twice in the arm during a confrontation earlier in March.
(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Amboy First Ward Alderwoman Deanne Hoy address the audience during a meeting of the Amboy City Council on March 17. Hoy said that Mayor Tom Nauman struck her twice on the arm during a confrontation about water problems in the city.

AMBOY – The Lee County state’s attorney, who had decided not to file charges against Amboy Mayor Tom Nauman, is now calling for further investigation.

On Friday morning, State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said her office didn’t have enough evidence to proceed with criminal charges in an incident involving the mayor and Alderwoman Deanne Hoy.

But after meeting with Hoy on Friday afternoon, Sacco-Miller reversed herself, saying she would refer the case to state police for further investigation.

At a City Council meeting in March, Hoy accused Nauman of striking her twice in the arm during a confrontation outside a local restaurant.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident and turned over its reports to the state’s attorney’s office, which declined to provide details.

At the council meeting, Hoy had called for Nauman to resign.

“No one in the audience would let a family member be treated that way,” she said at the meeting, attended by about 100 people, many more than usual. “He needs to be removed.”

The confrontation between Hoy and Nauman happened in early March outside The Beef Hut, which had gone without water for a month because of a frozen city line. Hoy had been advocating for residents who lost water service, many of whom said the mayor had told them they would have to wait until the spring thaw to get service again. Nauman denied he said that.

During the council meeting, Nauman disputed each of Hoy’s statements about the water situation, but he said nothing about the battery accusation. Even afterward, he declined to comment about her assertion.

The issue came up again at this week’s council meeting, Hoy said.

“I have a hard time dismissing being hit,” she said in a telephone interview Friday. “That is a problem. I’ve worked alongside men my entire life, and I have never been treated that way.”

Other council members are staying away from the conflict.

“I’m not commenting on the situation,” Alderman John Schamberger said Friday. “I’m focusing my attention on street maintenance. I’m not getting involved with what’s going on between those two.”

Alderman Denny Weidman said “no comment” and ended the phone conversation.

The mayor and the other aldermen, Brett Dewey, Dave Shaw and Daryl Stuckemeyer, couldn’t be reached for comment.

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