Published on March 29th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman0
Man accused of threatening McLean Co. Board member
William J. Brady, 32, is charged with intimidation of board member Ben Owens. In his call to Bloomington police Friday afternoon, Owens said Brady entered his Bloomington business, BJ’s Restoration, took several items and then refused to return them.
A statement submitted by the McLean County State’s Attorney’s office, accuses Brady of threatening to contact county Administrator Bill Wasson with negative information about Owens if he did not repay money Brady said the county board member owes him.
Owens, who was elected to a new four-year term in November representing District 10 on the County Board, declined to comment on the case when contacted Monday by The Pantagraph.
When he was arrested, Brady was on bond in a pending felony domestic battery case filed in September also involving Owens.
A special prosecutor was named in December to handle the case that stems from accusations that Brady pushed Owens and threw a meat cleaver at him. Brady also is charged with criminal damage to property for allegedly smashing pictures frames belonging to Owens during the Sept. 6 incident.
In his request for a special prosecutor, State’s Attorney Jason Chambers cited a potential conflict of interest based on Owens’ status as an elected county official and Brady’s employment at the McLean County Nursing Home. The county board’s finance committee, which Owens chairs, oversees the nursing home.
Chambers said Monday he will ask that an outside prosecutor also handle the intimidation case.
Nursing home administrator Matt Riehle said Monday that Brady voluntarily left his job as a housekeeper at the facility in November after about four months of employment. The nursing home contacted Owens when Brady was hired because Brady listed Owens’ company as a previous employer, said Riehle.
In terms of daily operations, contact between the nursing home and the County Board is limited to financial reports and the annual budget process, added Riehle.
Wasson said Monday he was aware of the intimidation charge against Brady, but did not know the specifics of the allegations and had not received any information from Brady about Owens.
Brady must post $625 to be released from jail on the intimidation charges. He was ordered to have no contact with Owens.
Source: pantagraph.com “Man accused of threatening McLean Co. Board member,” March 25, 2013.