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October 15, 2012

West Tawakoni court battle starting

GREENVILLE — Two candidates seeking spots on the West Tawakoni City Council are scheduled to face off in court this week.

Jury selection is set today in the 196th District Court in a two year old civil case between the current Mayor of West Tawakoni and a City Council member.

Pete Yoho and Laura Beckett are in the race for Place 2 on the West Tawakoni City Council. Carol Solomon is unopposed in seeking the Place 4 spot. Jack Schultz and Calvin Travers are competing for the post of Mayor

Yoho, who is currently the mayor of West Tawakoni, City Administrator Cloy Richards and  West Tawakoni Maintenance Supervisor Gary Lamont Jenkins filed suit in October 2010 against Solomon, seeking her removal from the Council due to allegations of misconduct.

Richard and Jenkins later filed an order of non-suit and were dropped from the case.

But Yoho continued with the suit.

In return, Solomon filed a counter claim against Yoho, alleging claims of defamation and malicious persecution.

Yoho’s original suit claimed Solomon and her husband Richard used city employees and equipment to remove a tree stump from their property, replace a drain culvert and grade the driveway to their residence in late May or early June 2010, without compensating the city.

Solomon has denied the allegations.

Approximately one dozen subpoeanas had been issued as of Friday afternoon for witnesses to testify during the trial.

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