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Woman, 74, charged with hitting CCSO jail employee

by Teresa Eubanks,

Journal Editor

A woman who went to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office to ask about a legal order was arrested after a loud argument and an effort to push her way past a secured door ended with her slapping a jail correctional officer Friday morning.

Mary Alice Leonard, 74, of Altha, came to the dispatch office sometime before 8 a.m. and questioned the dispatch supervisor about some legal paperwork. The supervisor was unaware of the order she was asking about and contacted a deputy to come speak with Leonard, according to the arrest report.

Leonard again started talking with the dispatch supervisor, raising her voice and demanding information as well as trying to push through a secure door to get further into the dispatch area and jail complex. When he heard yelling coming from the dispatch area, a male employee came out to help the supervisor as they waited for the deputy to arrive.

The correctional officer then told the upset woman that she did not need to speak to the sheriff’s office staff in such a manner and if she continued to do so, she would have to leave.

Leonard continued arguing and then struck the correctional officer on the face with an open palm. He grabbed her and subdued her until Lt. John Scheetz and Lt. Bobby Revell arrived and moved Leonard into a holding cell in the jail.

The incident was documented on the sheriff’s office surveillance system, which shows Leonard slapping the employee.

Leonard was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

She was released Nov. 23 on $5,000 bond.

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December 1st, 2017



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