marshal accused of assault
speaks out at Sunman mtg.
with a copy of the Osgood Journal, dated April 14, 2009,
Jason Arnoldy addressed the Sunman Town Council at their regular
meeting April 16.
Arnoldy referred to a front page article about former Sunman Marshal
Steven Noble being incarcerated for battery in Franklin County.
He did the same thing to me...he deprived me of my life,
liberty and justice, he said. Now he did it to a 19-year-old
Arnoldy continued by alleging that Noble had also beaten him,
nearly to death, outside the American Legion in Sunman in 2003.
He said he sustained several thousand dollars worth of medical
bills, and went without two nickels to rub together
for five years. He said he had been dealt a grave injustice.
Speaking of the incident that occurred six years ago at length,
Arnoldy said he wanted the truth to be told. He also stated at
one point that he wanted his medical bills paid that were incurred
from the incident.
Attorney for the town, Amy Streator, explained to Arnoldy that
the issue at hand was not something the council could address.
Its the prosecutors issue, we cant file
any criminal issues.
Arnoldy spoke for some time further saying he couldnt understand
why Noble had been allowed to continue to be in law enforcement.
He could potentially still be in law enforcement when released
from incarceration, since the crime he was charged with in Franklin
County recently was only a misdemeanor.
Again, Streator cautioned Arnoldy that the town council doesnt
have any control over criminal charges.
Wayne Jenner, council member, explained that the council was a
governing board, not attorneys or police officers.
Arnoldy said the former marshal was suspended and he had the problem
of assaulting someone more than once. Why not make sure
it never happens again? he questioned the council.
These arent answers this board can give to you,
Streator told Arnoldy. We understand your frustration,
Jenner noted, also stating that while an investigation had taken
place, no criminal charges had ever been filed against Noble while
he was employed with the Town of Sunman. The conversation ended
with no results, only Arnoldy saying, I think its
an absolute travesty.
Noble served as the Osgood Town Marshal before coming to Sunman,
and then went from Sunman to the Milan Police Department, according
to Ripley Publishing Co. files.
In other business:
The council has submitted a grant for electrical and parking
lot upgrades that are needed at the park.
The roof type selection was given a unanimous vote to go
with the engineer's recommendation. The cost will be $40,990.
Dan Eckstein, wastewater operations, explained about the
filter system. He noted that while the cost was high, they would
have to do something and even consider drilling another well in
the future. He gave information on bids for replacing and repairing
within the water department.
Attorney Amy Streator will address the need for a waiver
for volunteers to sign as they work for the town. Eckstein brought
up the issue of them needing safety vests and wondered if the
volunteers could just sign a waiver, instead of buying the costly
vests for one day.
Larry Weiler and Herb Winters, Raintree Terrace Apts.,
addressed the council about concerns of erosion. They were concerned
about language in an easement project on Eastern Avenue. Streator
cleared up the question about the town being responsible for any
erosion as a result of water flowing through the pipes. She said
they would take care of it. She said she would relocate wording
in the easement document so there was no question about the towns
Carl Bruns gave his monthly report and once again noted
that water usage is extremely high at the Westvue and Sunman trailer
parks. He also noted that there are rocks being put in the creek
at the south part of town by the Baptist Church. He said he and
the marshal have both stopped kids from playing in the area where
they were found to be throwing rocks into the bed of the creek,
creating a dam.
Marshal Bill Dramann gave his report: 35 traffic stops,
6 citations, 13 agency assists, 11 investigations, 9 citizen complaints,
3 domestic disputes, 5 fight calls, were among some of the police
duties for the month. He noted that three criminal arrests were
made, with three charges being filed. The department assisted
with five lockouts, attended a training program, served three
civil process papers, took two theft reports and worked two Easter
Egg details. Dramann is assisted by Deputy Marshals David Bruns
and Brian Maynard.
The next regular meeting of the Sunman Town Council will be May
21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunman Town Hall. All members were in attendance
except for John Campbell.
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Jason Arnoldy, right, approached the Sunman
Town Council regarding an incident he alleged took place
in 2003. Listening to the Ripley County resident are council
members Mike Wolffe and Wayne Jenner. Also seated right
is Clerk Treasurer Kris Schneider, and not pictured, Attorney
for the town Amy Streator.