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And you thought the Hood-Gordy race was nasty.

Patty Sheehan and the incumbent she booted from the City Council, Bill Bagley, were scheduled to be in court June 15 to give depositions in a case that involves a Sheehan supporter who claims that his arrest was used by Bagley for political leverage during the recent campaign.

Jan Harrold alleges Bagley arranged for more than four police cars to arrive at Harrold's Audubon Park home after Bagley learned that a complaint had been filed against Harrold for an alleged hit-and-run. The charges were dropped after Harrold turned himself in. But Harrold's attorney, Steve Mason, says Bagley was working both with police and with the neighbor who filed the complaint to make the arrest appear more serious than it was.

That neighbor, Carole Wilson, and her husband, Jim, have a history of quarreling with Harrold. The Wilsons were asking Circuit Court Judge Walter Komanski for an injunction requiring Harrold to keep away from them.

Besides the hit-and-run complaint, Carole Wilson also had Harrold arrested for verbally assaulting her. Mason says that charge was dropped. The Wilsons, meanwhile, said Harrold was the one dragging city commissioners into their personal problems. "He's trying to make it a political issue," Jim Wilson says.

Bagley said he'd explain his side of the story after the hearing.


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