According to the Paxton Record, WATSEKA — An Iroquois County judge declined Monday to issue no-contact orders against a Loda village trustee.
Loda residents Richard and Sandy Coffey and J.R. and Regina Ptacek filed petitions on Nov. 14 seeking no-contact orders against Loda Trustee John Zalaker.
Judge James Kinzer dismissed the petitions Monday in Iroquois County Circuit Court after hearing arguments and witness statements.
The Coffeys and Ptaceks, who regularly attend the village board’s monthly meetings, claimed in their petitions that Zalaker threatened them in recent weeks, including during the Nov. 12 village board meeting.
Zalaker was charged with disorderly conduct for his involvement in a melee at the end of the meeting and has publicly apologized for losing his temper. Zalaker has been issued a Dec. 15 court date.