A Johnson County magistrate today granted state Sen. Brent Waltz' request for a protective order against a political rival whom Waltz accuses of stalking him.
Johnson County Magistrate Richard L. Tandy issued the order against Greenwood resident Mike Beeles.
Waltz requested the protective order after accusing Beeles of stalking him as Beeles has tried to prove Waltz does not live in the Greenwood condominium listed as his official residence.
Beeles last week filed a challenge with the Indiana Election Commission questioning Waltz's residency in Senate District 36, which consists of parts of southern Marion County and northern Johnson County. Beeles said he plans to run against Waltz in the May 6 Republican primary. In issuing the protective order, Tandy cited three incidents which represented a threat to Waltz' safety.
According to the protective order, a man threatened in December to blow up the downtown Columbia Club where Waltz was supposedly staying the night.
The court document states that a male called Waltz' parents between Dec. 15 and Dec. 25, stating "that he knew (Waltz) was at the Columbia Club and that he was not a resident of Greenwood, and that further he was going to blow up the Columbia Club."
Beeles said he first heard about the Columbia Club when talking to his lawyer yesterday.
"I know nothing about it," Beeles said of the downtown club. "I don't know his parents."
Waltz also states in the protective order that on at least five occasions he was followed by Beeles in Johnson County and potentially Marion County. Waltz also claims Beeles used a ladder to look into his condo and take photographs.
In the order, Tandy ruled that stalking has occurred against Waltz and that Beeles represents a credible threat to the safety of Waltz. Tandy ordered Beeles to stay away from Waltz's residence and place of employment and prohibited Beeles from contacting Waltz for the next 90 days. Beeles has 30 days to request a hearing, which he said he would do today.
"It's a political stunt," he said of Waltz's protective order. "There is no evidence that I have ever followed him. This has all been second-hand information."
Well, I guess that means Waltz won't have to appear at any candidate forum with Beeles to discuss the issues befor the primary. This really smacks of taking advantage of the legal system. If someone had truly called and made such a threat two months ago against Waltz, why wasn't there a police report or any mention of the incident in the news? What a joke.
UPDATE: Advance Indiana can confirm from a city source that Mike Beeles is employed as a street supervisor for IndyGo. An investigation is being undertaken by IndyGo's human resources office to determine if Beeles engaged in any of the alleged conduct during his normal work hours. Note that IndyGo is still run by Gil Holmes, a holdover from the Peterson administration. Mayor Ballard has no direct control over any hiring, firing or other employment-related matters involving IndyGo. IndyGo is governed by a 7-member board made up of three mayoral and four council appointees. Ballard is in the process of making his first appointments to the board.