Business as Usual in Roseland?

The last time Roseland town council members David Snyder and Ted Penn were in the same room, one allegedly threatened to kill the other.

Nonetheless, there is nothing to prevent another face-to-face meeting between the two on Friday.

The next regularly scheduled session of the town council is at noon on Friday.

On Wednesday, David Snyder was charged with felony intimidation and misdemeanor battery in connection with a fight at the town hall less than a week ago.

While it’s common in battery cases to seek a court order that prevents contact between the alleged perpetrator and the victim…
The Roseland case is very uncommon, in that both parties were elected to serve the public.

Council President Charlie Shields feels some type of no contact order would be appropriate in this case, saying “we know not until one is convicted is he forced off a government position but in the interim, those who have to serve with him or her, whatever the case may be, is entitled to protection and civil conduct.”

Councilman Ted Penn is the victim of the alleged beating.

He says he has filed court paperwork seeking a protective order. “Am i scared of him? No, could he do it again, yes.
Will he do it again? I don't know.”

It would be up to the prosecutor to request a no contact order.

That hasn't happened yet, although the case is still under investigation.


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