Marlow, associates indicted on felony charges
by Joshua Sharpe
October 15, 2013 12:53 PM | 6779 views | 4 4 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Cherokee School Board Member Kelly Marlow and two of her associates were indicted by a grand jury Monday on multiple felony charges of making false statements to the police that the school superintendent tried to run them down in his car after a heated school board meeting in June.

Marlow, her political adviser Robert Trim and Cherokee GOP Secretary Barbara Knowles were each indicted on charges of making false statements in the incident, according to the indictment filed with the Cherokee County Clerk of Court’s Office on Tuesday.

All three were indicted on more counts of making false statements than they were charged with when they were initially arrested in early July.

Marlow was indicted on four counts of making false statements in the case and Trim on three counts. Knowles, who made the initial call to the Canton Police Department reporting the alleged aggravated assault, faces one misdemeanor count of false report of a crime and four felony counts of making a false statement.

Marlow declined to comment on the case Tuesday afternoon.

Trim, however, chose to maintain his innocence.

“We’ve done nothing wrong. We look forward to our day in court. We look forward to the truth to be told,” Trim said. “We are not guilty.”

The charges against the suspects stem from June 13 when Knowles called the Canton Police Department and reported that Superintendent of Schools Frank Petruzielo almost ran them over as they were walking from the school board meeting to the Painted Pig Tavern.

Late that night, Knowles called 911 and reported that “the superintendent of the school raced right by me in his white BMW and did not stop,” according to a copy of the 911 call.

The responding police officer wrote in his report that the three suspects said they felt threatened by the car.

A copy of Knowles’ arrest warrant, however, told a different story of the incident.

“Further investigation showed (Knowles) was already on the sidewalk and not in the roadway when the vehicle passed by her,” the warrant reads.

The incident was also caught on video by a security camera nearby, but those recordings have not yet been released by police or the district attorney’s office.

According to the indictment filed Tuesday, all three suspects told police Trim had to push Marlow out of the road to avoid Petruzielo’s car and that witnesses on the curb near the Painted Pig saw what happened.

In the indictment, Marlow is accused of giving false statements to police on four occasions, twice in June and twice in July.

Trim allegedly gave three false statements to police, one in June and two in July, the indictment shows.

But the political adviser said Tuesday he didn’t say Petruzielo tried to run them over.

“My statement didn’t say that,” he said.

When asked Tuesday if he thought Petruzielo actually tried to run the trio over in June, Trim said “I’m not in the superintendent’s head.”

In Trim’s first statement to police on July 19, he told a detective that a car being driven by Petruzielo changed lanes and drove toward them, almost hitting them, the indictment states.

Then on July 1, Trim told police the car was similar to Petruzielo’s.

Finally on July 2, Trim said the car was being driven by Petruzielo when he had to move Marlow out of the way to keep her from getting hit, according to the indictment.

On July 3, Knowles told Canton Police that Petruzielo drove dangerously close to her, the indictment states.

In August, District Attorney Shannon Wallace said a charge of giving a false statement was punishable with jail time.

“False statements is a felony; sentence range is one to five years and maximum of $1,000 fine,” Wallace said at the time. “False report of a crime is a misdemeanor. Maximum punishment is 12 months.”

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Move Out Marlow...
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October 15, 2013
Do we need an accused felon on the CCSB? I don't think so nor does anyone with whom I've discussed this mess. No, she hasn't been convicted, and Yes she is entitled to, and deserves, a fair trail. But do the citizens of Cherokee County deserve the ongoing problems that Ms. Marlow and her entourage have become?

It well is past time for Ms Marlow to resign for the good of CCSD, the citizens of her district, and the rest of the county. Ms. Marlow please do the right thing and do it soon....
Andy Bayler
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October 15, 2013
If you can't tell the truth and get your way, lie. That's very typical out of this group.
Sue Ann
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October 15, 2013
While I am not surprised she was indicted, I am shocked she was caught on video. Did she and her cohorts not realize that there would be cameras? In this day and age of constant surveillance how could she not have thought this out. (Maybe the better question I should be asking is how could they lie about someone and try to have them arrested.)

It's well past time for Marlow to resign. It's well past time for her to say "I will leave Cherokee County in peace.". It is well past time we citizens get our county back from her antics. We have wasted time, money, and resources having to deal with this woman from the day she was elected.

If she doesn't resign I thing we should get a recall going, or better yet ask the Governor to remove her from office.
WakeUpRuStpd
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October 15, 2013
Ms. Marlow. Will you PLEASE resign from the Cherokee County School Board now? You have caused nothing but shame, waste of money and have shown no caring for the children of the Cherokee County School District. You should have enough morals to have already resigned after clearly seeing how horrible your actions have truly been. PLEASE RESIGN AND SAVE THIS COUNTY MONEY!!! If not, if (or when) you are found guilty, I hope you are sentenced to time and not simply a fine.
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