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(Neb)-Protection Order Granted Against Former Safeway Employees

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/14/2017 08:56 AM
CHADRON - Dawes County District Judge Travis O'Gorman has granted harrassment protection orders to the manager of the Chadron Safeway store against two disgruntled former employees following 3 straight days of incident late last month.

      Charles Freeman told O'Gorman this week that Alonzo Neal and Austin Adams had come into the store on June 27th after being terminated and barged into his office.

     Freeman said that because of past verbal confrontations, he got an employee to serve as a witness as he tried to talk with Adams and Neal separately, but they began yelling and cursing at the top of their lungs.

     He said they boxed him in, with Adams throwing a shoulder into him. Freeman said he worried for his safety and that of store employees, who had already called 911, but that he was able to get away and lock himself in another office.

     Neal was not in court, but Adams told the judge that about 70% of what Freeman said was true, especially about him yelling, but denied making any threats or physical contact. Adams said he was angry and frustrated because he'd been shorted hours and pay on his last check 

      Freeman said that on the 28th, Adams called the store 14 times...a number Adams said he couldn't confirm but that seemed about right.

      On the following day, the 29th, Adams sat in a lawn chair on the city sidewalk across the parking in front of Safeway for about 4 hours - periodically "flipping off" the store and complaining about it to those passing by.

       Adams told Judge O'Gorman he was just exercising his rights on public property, with the judge replying that it seemed to him to be "pretty immature conduct." Adams defended his actions, saying "when you're pushed into a corner, you do what you have to." O'Gorman then granted the protection orders to Freeman.


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