2013-11-26 / Front Page

Cloverdale School Official, CHS Coach Charged In Iowa Assault

Livingston Placed On Administrative Leave From Coaching, CMS
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

Two men associated with the Cloverdale Community School Corporation (CCSC) are being charged with felony assault in Iowa stemming from an altercation outside an Independence, Iowa bar in early November.

School board member Brian Asbury and Cloverdale High School varsity wrestling coach Steve Livingston were reportedly at a bar in Independence, Iowa on November 3 after picking up wrestling mats in Spring Rapids, Iowa earlier in the day.

According to documents from the Independence Police Department obtained from the Buchannan County Attorney’s Office, police responded to a bar fight at Rush Park Tavern.

Once on the scene officers found two bloody men, identified as Greg Adamson and Bronson Wierck, in the back parking lot of the bar. Adamson’s eye was reportedly ‘bloody and appeared to be hanging out of its socket.’ Bronson had a bloody nose. Officers were told the suspects fled the scene to a nearby Super 8 Motel, where police located the accused assailants, Brian T. Asbury, 38, of Cloverdale, and Steven D. Livingston, 34, of Spencer.

Asbury admitted to police that he hit both subjects several times, while Livingston maintained he did not hit anyone. According to officer reports, the victims and other witnesses advised otherwise.

Asbury was initially charged with preliminary charges of assault (serious misdemeanor), and disorderly conduct (simple misdemeanor) and booked into the Bucahanan County Jail before posting bond the next morning.

On November 10th, warrants were issued for both Asbury and Livingston after the ongoing investigation found the injuries sustained by Adamson were more serious in nature, requiring one and possibly additional surgeries.

Both were charged with a felony charge of assault (willful injury) and arrested by Cloverdale Police on Monday evening.

According to information obtained from the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office by RTV6 in Indianapolis, Asbury was in court Monday following a probation violation from a failed drug screen in August. His probation stemmed from a July 2012 charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. His most recent charge, driving while suspended, came about on Monday.

Both Asbury and Livingston were released Monday night on their own recognizance in the Putnam County Superior Court by Special Judge T. Edward Page.

Livingston has reportedly been placed on administrative leave from his duties as wrestling coach and from his position at Cloverdale Middle School as an administrative assistant and technology integrator.

“The allegations are under investigation... if they are substantiated, we will handle the matter in accordance with the law,” CCSC Superintendent Dr. Carrie Milner told the Spencer Evening World on Thursday. According to Indiana code, as an elected official, Asbury can remain on the school board unless convicted of a felony.

It should be noted that these charges are only allegations and both suspects are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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