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One Wells harassment case dropped

By Staff | Sep 5, 2010

Mike Weber

One of two persons seeking a harassment restraining order against a former Wells City Council member has dropped their case.

According to court papers filed at the Faribault County administrator’s office, attorneys for Zoa and Jim Heckman, and former Councilman Mike Weber recently reached an agreement.

“We did not oppose Jim’s case being dismissed. Both parties mutually agreed to it,” says Mark Betters, a Mankato attorney hired by the Heckmans.

Zoa Heckman still plans to pursue her case.

Weber’s attorney, Don Savelkoul of Albert Lea, has until Sept. 6 to file written arguments with the court on why the case should be tossed out.

Betters will have until Sept. 10 to submit a response.

“They are still adamant that a harassment restraining order is appropriate,” says Betters. “But, there are some data privacy matters I need to discuss with my clients.”

Zoa Heckman served as community development director for Wells before resigning in May 2009 to accept a similar position with the county. Her husband currently serves on the city’s Economic Development Authority Board and is president of Paragon Bank.

The court has issued a temporary restraining order, which remains in effect.In their petition, the Heckmans contend that Weber has:

• followed, pursued or stalked them;

• made threats;

• frightened them with threatening behavior.

“The harassment has or is intended to have a substantial adverse affect on petitioner’s safety, security or privacy,” say court papers.

The Heckmans are asking the court that Weber not harass or have any contact with them and to stay away from their home.

Under the petition, the Heckmans request the restraining order remain in effect until April 30, 2012, unless changed by a court order.