September 20, 2014

Residents address council about meeting dysfunction

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

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
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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,” …

Pugh will not resign

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Council member Dennis Pugh doesn’t plan to resign, at least that’s the word from council member Chris Morrow who called for Pugh’s resignation and that of Mayor Dave Drovetta.
Morrow said he’s received an email from Pugh …

Francis explains police department’s arrest policy

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
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 …

Drovetta issues statement regarding Fotovich, Pugh

Mayor Dave Drovetta has released the following statement regarding Monday’s night’s altercation between councilmen Larry Fotovich and Dennis Pugh:
“Since the matter from Monday is still being investigated, (City Attorney) Jim Hubbard has advised not to discuss it until the …

Morrow calls on Drovetta, Pugh to resign

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Councilman Chris Morrow is calling on Mayor Dave Drovetta and Councilman Dennis Pugh to resign following an argument that started during Monday night’s council meeting and escalated into an altercation in front of Councilman Larry Fotovich’s house.…

Council to consider adopting legislative agenda

Danedri Thompson
submissions@gardnernews.com
Annexation, eminent domain and transportation districts are a few of the issues upon which Gardner City Council members may formally stake positions. The group discussed a proposed state legislative agenda during a work session on Monday night.…

KOMA violation UPDATED

Danedri Thompson
submissions@gardnernews.com
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office hopes to complete its investigation into alleged Kansas Open Meetings Act violations by the Gardner City Council before the end of the year.
Steve Howe, district attorney, would not confirm a …