Struthers mayor files protection order against judge
21 News has obtained a copy of the emergency civil stalking protection order filed Thursday by Struthers mayor Catherine Cercone-Miller.
She says the latest in a series of incidents happened on Election Day when Judge Dominic Leone called her expletives and acted aggressively toward her.
The narrative of the emergency protection order accuses Leone of being "mentally unstable" and "erratic".
She described an incident at a polling location on Election Day where she says Leone yelled at and harassed her and others.
He's accused in the complaint of calling her a "fat b****" and threatening to "get rowdy" with her.
Cercone Miller also says Leone directed his staff to wear shirts that said: "f*** the mayor".
She wrote that she fears for her safety and that of her family and staff at city hall.
This isn't the first time Judge Leone has been accused of concerning behavior.
In late 2018, former Struthers mayor Terry Stocker considered filing charges against Leone after he threw filing cabinets, chairs, and other items from an employee's office into a hallway.
At that time, Leone had been asking for the probation office to be moved.
He accused Stocker and others in the city government of stalling and not addressing the situation.
Thursday, the magistrate overseeing the case granted Cercone Miller's request for the order.
Leone cannot contact her and cannot carry a gun or deadly weapon.
He also cannot come within 500 feet of the mayor.
A hearing for an outside judge to rule on the emergency order is set for May 18.
21 News tried several times to reach Judge Leone throughout the day Thursday and afford him a chance to comment. He did not return our calls or texts.
We also talked to Mayor Cercone Miller who referenced a video of an incident with Judge Leone.
She told 21 News she'd share that after the May 18 hearing.