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Trial delayed for Dunkerton Mayor and his nephew


The trial for Dunkerton Mayor Mike Schares and his nephew, Thomas Adamson, have been delayed until July.

Schares and Adamson were scheduled to be in court Tuesday on charges of interference with official acts and harassment of a public official.  The charges stem from an incident that happened December 2, 2011.  Dunkerton Police officer Robert Roquet pulled over Teresa Adamson for going 70-miles an hour in a 55-miles an hour speed zone. Adamson is married to Tom Adamson, a nephew of Schares.

Witnesses said Mayor Schares personally intervened, actually showing up at the traffic stop and later, allegedly firing officer Roquet that night. Schares said Officer Roquet was never fired. Mayor Schares denied that he intervened in any way.

Thomas Adamson tells KWWL that all he was asking for was to see the radar readout.

Officer Roquet said both men were aggressive toward him. On January 9, Schares said it was the officer that was acting belligerent.

Schares and Adamson both pleaded not guilty. 

According to an entry put into Iowa Courts Online on Tuesday, the trial is now scheduled for July 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Teresa Adamson appeared in court for her speeding ticket last week.  Adamson's attorney, Tim Luce, says the judge took it under advisement and would not have a ruling for a couple of weeks.

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