Mayor’s husband involved in ‘volatile’ confrontation with council member
By 03/20/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WILMER - Mayor Linda Root's husband, Jim, was involved in a 'volatile' confrontation with Council member Don Hudson, his wife Diane, and Building Inspector Stephen King Monday, March 17 while delivering council meeting agendas.
King had also reportedly been released from a Dallas hospital after sustaining 'deep shoulder bruises.'
King could not be reached for comment.
The mayor and her husband, however, quickly dismissed the assault allegations
'I cannot believe this,' the mayor said. 'Am I missing something here? Would they stoop that low? Had I known about [the situation] I wouldn't have [sent] Jim. I didn't think it would be any problem to get a council agenda to council members. I thought these people would have been more civilized. Error on my part.'
And according to the mayor, records of ambulances were not shown to have left the fire station.
The mayor's husband, who has had charges filed against him for physical and verbal abuse in the past, said King did threaten to, 'kick [his] a—' but no physical confrontation took place.
Diane Hudson said she told Jim Root and his friend repeatedly to get off her property. She said there is a 'No Trespassing' sign on her property. Hudson also said Root threw an envelope, hitting King's arm.
Then, she said, Root hit King.
'He did not push him, he hit him,' she said. 'I'm not known for making stories. I have no reason to lie. I'll take a lie detector test. I'm too old for this. 'This is really getting out of hand. I have hives on my arms because of this.'
The chain of events occurred after Wilmer City Administrator Thom Lauer cancelled a regularly scheduled meeting for a lack of agenda items, and after the mayor drafted up her own agenda.
When time came to deliver the new agendas to the five council members, the mayor said she could not get a city employee to deliver them.
'Nobody [council members] called by 2 p.m. to put action items on the agenda, and when there's not enough items, it's [standard] to cancel the meeting,' Lauer said.
Jim Root said he and a friend went to deliver the agenda to Don Hudson's house after police officers refused to deliver them.
'I held up the [officers] for their interest,' Lauer said. 'I didn't want them to get [put] in a trap. After I had looked over the new agenda, I said, okay, ‘it's good to go.' The [whole situation] sounds like a setup on me. Judging by the volatile confrontation at the Hudson's, it looked like a setup over there, too.'
but when they stepped out of the truck, Diane reportedly came out with a broom threatening to file criminal trespass charges on them if they wouldn't leave.
'She was ballistic,' Root said. 'I said, ‘Look lady, I'm just delivering these agendas for the mayor.' This isn't trespassing. This is ridiculous. I don't understand their mentality, really.'
Root said he was told by Don Hudson and King to get off the property and said the council member, who is up for re-election in May, appeared to have something behind his back.
'I thought he was about to pull a gun, and I go, ‘What's that behind your back, Don? Are you going to pull out a gun? Do it, Don,'' Root said. 'You would have to show me a law book that shows me where you can't walk up to someone's driveway. I don't think that's the way the law reads. I could be wrong, though.'