Mayor’s Scandal Leads to Five Lawsuits

This afternoon at 4:00 pm, five city employees represented by attorney Bill Merriman filed suit against the City of Parkersburg over hostile work environment and sexual harassment charges.

The five suits are related to the scandal rocking the city administration – Mayor Bob Newell’s affair with FinanceDirector Ashley Flowers as documented on a flash drive that has been widely circulated throughout the community and beyond.

The employees allege a cause of action called outrage; negligent supervision and negligent training on sexual harassment issues in the workplace. They are also claiming the negligent infliction of emotional distress. They allege that for at least one year they have been without the ability to go to a supervisor because of the relationship.

“Would you want your daughter working in that atmosphere and being subjected to this kind of conduct?” Merriman said.

Newell has so far again declined to comment.

More tomorrow – likely only on the River City News Network!

(Editorial note: How much longer can the local lamestream media continue to suppress this story?)

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RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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