Nearly three weeks after police responded to a 911 call from his house to investigate an alleged domestic battery, Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine has filed for a protective order against his wife.
Shine, a family law attorney, filed the order Tuesday against Laura Beth Shine, according to Allen Superior Court documents. Shine, 54, declined comment, and his wife could not be reached for comment.
The protective order says Beth Shine, 51, must stay away from her husband and the Shines’ home in southwest Allen County. A hearing is scheduled Dec. 21 on the matter.
According to Indiana State Police, on Nov. 9, Shine reached into the car his wife was driving and tried to grab the key from the ignition but it broke off. He said no physical abuse took place. The findings of the state police’s investigation have been sent to Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards but have not been released. She has asked for a special prosecutor to decide whether criminal charges will be filed against Shine.
The News-Sentinel reported earlier this week that Shine's wife, Beth, was recanting earlier claims he had committed domestic battery against her. Quoting Steve Shine, the paper reported: “That’s all I can tell you at this time.” Shine said the incident was the result of “frayed nerves” over a disagreement with his wife. But, he said, no domestic violence occurred. Shine said his wife has since recanted any allegation of physical abuse.