A Sandpoint woman was arraigned Friday for allegedly battering a city official while researching her legal claims for a wrongful arrest last year. Judge Barbara Buchanan entered a not guilty plea on Rita Nancy Hutchens’ behalf, clearing the way for a trial in Bonner County Magistrate Court. Hutchens, according to a sheriff detective’s probable cause affidavit, was upset that a deputy city clerk monitored her from several feet away while she reviewed public records and was prevented from leaving City Hall with the documents. Hutchens allegedly threw an ink pen down and it ended up hitting Deputy Clerk Melissa Ward in the arm. The alleged incident took place on Aug. 12. Hutchens argues there is no evidence that such an incident even took place and Ward’s statements to the deputy were hearsay/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.
Question: Would you describe this as battery of any sort?