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Hearing delayed in Gibeau case

September 19, 2012
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

JACKSON - A probable cause hearing in a case involving Ceylon Mayor John Gibeau was postponed Tuesday.

Gibeau is charged in Jackson County with a gross misdemeanor count of interfering with a 911 call and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault following an incident in which he allegedly shoved his estranged wife and took her phone away when she attempted to call 911.

Jackson County Attorney Sherry Haley said the hearing was postponed because of a scheduling conflict, but would not discuss specifics about the case.

Gibeau's hearing has been rescheduled for Oct. 30.

Meanwhile, Gibeau's attorney, Gary Wollschlager of Fairmont, has asked that the gross misdemeanor count for interfering with a 911 call be dismissed.

"There are some legal arguments regarding probable cause on whether there was interference with a 911 call," Wollschlager said.

In the original court complaint against Gibeau, he allegedly stated he took his wife's phone away during the altercation because he believed she was calling her father, and her father had physically threatened him in the past.

The incident occurred in May when Gibeau was living at a rural residence in Jackson. He has since relocated back to Ceylon.

Gibeau was first elected mayor of Ceylon in 1998 and served until 2004.

He was re-elected in 2006 and is on the ballot again in November. He faces two challengers: current council member Ron Morris, and Jack Schultz.



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