August 30, 2015

Pugh case diverted from prosecution

Danedri Thompson
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office granted Dennis Pugh’s diversion request last week.
The former Gardner City Council member was charged with assaulting fellow council member Larry Fotovich following a heated council meeting. He also faced a …

Council approves Pugh replacement

Danedri Thompson

Heath Freeman will replace Dennis Pugh on the Gardner City Council.

Council members, in a 3-1 vote, approved Mayor Dave Drovetta’s appointment to the council, but not before council member Larry Fotovich asked Freeman a number of …

Pugh appears in court; added to diversion docket

Dennis Pugh, who resigned from the Gardner City Council after being charged

Former Gardner City Council member Dennis Pugh

with battery and criminal deprivation of property, has applied for diversion.

“As I understand, it is being granted,” his attorney, Mark …

Pugh enters not guilty plea

Former Gardner City Council member Dennis Pugh pleaded not guilty to battery and criminal deprivation of property. His attorney, Mark Lewis, Gardner, asked that the case be set aside for 45 days as the district attorney’s office considers Pugh’s request …

Residents address council about meeting dysfunction

Danedri Thompson
A subdued city council listened as three citizens, including the former mayor, asked that council members learn to work together with civility.
“You have a chance from this moment on to change the tenor of these council …

Council member Dennis Pugh resigns

The Gardner City Council meeting will be one council member short this evening.

Council member Dennis Pugh this morning tendered his resignation effective immediately.

“I wish you and the magnificent city staff all the best,” Pugh wrote in an email …

Pugh charged with battery, criminal deprivation of property

The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Gardner City Council member Dennis Pugh for criminal deprivation of property and battery for an alleged altercation that occurred between Pugh and council member Larry Fotovich after a council meeting …

Pugh served with protection order

Danedri Thompson
Sheriff’s deputies served Gardner City Council member Dennis Pugh with a temporary protection from stalking order on Nov. 29. The order prevents Pugh from following, harassing or contacting city council member Larry Fotovich or entering or being …

UPDATED: Pugh will not resign

Danedri Thompson
Council member Dennis Pugh doesn’t plan to resign, at least that’s the word from two emails Pugh sent after a council meeting last Monday.
“I will gladly tender my resignation right behind the resignation of Mr. Fotovich,” …

Francis explains police department’s arrest policy

Mark Taylor
Many Gardner News readers are asking why no arrests were made after Councilman Dennis Pugh allegedly assaulted fellow Councilman Larry Fotovich following Monday night’s council meeting.
According to Chief Kenneth Francis of the Gardner Police Department, police …