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April 30, 2010

Charges dismissed over city hall threat

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

The case against Rondal Jervis, accused of threatening a Corbin code enforcement employee, was dismissed without prejudice Tuesday in district court.

Jervis was accused of making a threatening phone call to city hall last September after he had received a second, $2,250 fine for high grass and debris on his property.

The court stipulated that there was probable cause that the violation had occurred, and the charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be brought again before the court.

Jervis was ordered to have no unnecessary contact with city hall employees.  

“He called down here trying to relieve himself of some stress, I guess, and at first it was considered threatening,” said Code Enforcement Officer Frank Burke.

Burke said that after speaking with Jervis later, he felt there was no longer a concern that city employees would be harmed.

“I’ve been threatened, I’ve been called names... I don’t take it personally thank goodness,” Burke said. “But this was a little bit different situation. It was (administrative assistant) Clara (Patterson) who was the recipient of the situation, and the mayor was here when it happened.”

Burke said Jervis has resolved the code violations on his property along Fifth Street, although the city has received some complaints about cars parked in Jervis’ yard.

Burke said there is no city ordinance banning cars from being parked in someone’s yard.

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