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Court Date Canceled For Township Manager Accused Of Assault, Obstruction

Michele Meade did not returned phone calls to her office at town hall last week seeking comment.

Livingston Township Manager Michele Meade was scheduled to go before a West Caldwell judge Tuesday to face charges of assault and disorderly conduct. 

But her court date was "adjured" and "canceled," a spokeswoman for the West Caldwell Municipal Court said Monday. 

"There has been no date scheduled for it," the spokeswoman added. 

Meade did not returned phone calls to her office at town hall last week seeking comment. 

Meade was originally scheduled to go before West Caldwell Judge Bridget Stecher on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m., a spokeswoman for the court confirmed earlier this month

The charges against Meade stem from a police exercise on April 19, 2013, during which resident Kelly Mollineaux — wife of Belleville Police Officer Charlie Mollineaux — alleged Meade assaulted her. 

In addition, Meade faces two additional charges of disorderly conduct for abusive language toward a police officer and obstructing justice — both filed by Livingston Police Sgt. Kenneth Hanna. 

If convicted, the township manager could face a maximum of a $1,000 fine or six months in jail. 

On June 26, 2013, Meade first went before Stecher who found there was "probable cause" for Mollineaux's claim.

Meade and her lawyer Salvatore Alfano later had a court conference in West Caldwell with prosecuting attorney Joseph DeFuria on July 31, 2013. The conference was conducted over the phone, the West Caldwell Court Administrator confirmed. 

fedupwithmeade January 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM
I'd recommend a call to the Prosecutor to see what's going on. I smell a rat.
bijindesu2 January 28, 2014 at 06:59 AM
We need transparency. Keep up the good work,
Bob January 28, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Of course she doesn't return calls, she doesn't return calls to the people of Livingston that she's supposed to serve either. That's the blatant arrogance of this individual that we have to put up with because of poor decisions by the former mayor and council in hiring her in the first place. Obstruction of justice and assault. She should be in prison and fired from her position as Township Manager. We need a REAL Township Manager who is responsive to the people, not AGAINST them. If the present council had any courage at all it would do the right thing and correct this big mistake. What a disgrace!
Steve Palmer January 28, 2014 at 07:44 AM
What is stoping us from firing her? This town is falling apart.
Kathy Pucci January 30, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Why fire her? This way she can earn her paycheck while she seeks employment elsewhere! Unlike what she has done to others......

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