Stow councilman charged after allegedly pushing mayor during city meeting

STOW, OH (WOIO) - Stow Mayor Sara Kline reported she was assaulted by Councilman Bob Adaska following a city meeting on March 22 at Stow City Hall.

On Wednesday, Adaska was charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct by the Summit County Sheriff's Department in connection with the incident.

Kline said she and Adaska, of ward 4, engaged in an argument as the meeting let out, and during that exchange, the councilman shoved her.

When reached for comment, Adaska refuted the claim and said he did not assault her.

The Barberton Law Department will handle the case moving forward as Stow officials have recused themselves from the investigation.

There was a police officer at the meeting, but no one was arrested or removed from council chambers.

The mayor said she was not injured and did not require medical attention.

After the city council meeting, Kline went to the Stow Police Department and filed a formal complaint.

Kline said the councilman was second-guessing her judgment over a recent city project prior to the alleged assault.

Adaska said he was questioning Kline's decision over the recent removal of a city-owned playground.

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