Former Wilmer councilman, fire chief involved in altercation
By 05/15/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WILMER - Election hostilities continued May 8, when an altercation took place at a favored coffee spot.
Former councilman Jim Meador was accused of throwing a chair across the room at Ellia's Delightful Donuts, after he overheard Wilmer resident Duane Longino discussing the recent city elections.
A police report stated Longino, a former Wilmer fire chief, said, 'If we didn't have crooked election judges around here we wouldn't have bad elections.'
According to a police report filed May 8 and taken by Wilmer investigating officer Billy Mitchell, Meador took 'great offense' to Longino's statement, as he was one of the election judges.
'I was quietly talking all the while Mr. Longino was loudly berating how badly the city election was run,' Meador said. 'I didn't throw a chair, I pulled my legs up bumping
my ankle … I shoved the side chair away from him in front of me and out of my way to walk to the center of the floor to address Mr. Longino.
'I shook my finger at him in a scolding way,' Meador stated in a separate report taken by Wilmer Police officer Eric Pon.
'I said, ‘Duane, that is enough of you speaking of me like that.' Mr. Longino then came out of his chair coming up to me and I raised my palms with open hands to insure he would not come into my space and into my face.'
After Meador told Longino to 'back off,' Longino reportedly said, 'I'll kill you.'
The report states Meador then threw a chair, and got up and pinned Longino with his forearm, mouthing several 'threats.'
Meador denies this.
Longino, who said he had no interest in talking with this newspaper when called, dropped charges against Meador on Monday, May 12.