2014-09-30 / Front Page

CCSC Board Member Found Not Guilty; Charges Against Former CHS Wrestling Coach Dismissed

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

A current Cloverdale Community School Corporation (CCSC) School Board member was found not guilty by a jury of his peers in a felony assault case in Buchanan County, Iowa last last week and similar charges were dismissed against a former Cloverdale Middle School (CMS) teacher and Cloverdale High School wrestling coach.

School board member Brian Asbury and former wrestling coach Steve Livingston were reportedly at an Independence, Iowa bar on November 3, 2013 after picking up wrestling mats for the school in Spring Rapids, Iowa earlier that same day. According to the Independence Police Department, officers responded to a bar fight at Rush Park Tavern where two men were injured in an altercation.

Asbury, 38, of Cloverdale, and Livingston, 34, of Spencer, were the accused assailants in the reported fight.

Since the altercation and subsequent arrests of both men, Asbury has not been in attendance for a school board meeting and did not file his candidacy for re-election in the November 2014 general election. During a December 2013 school board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Livingston from his position as a behavior interventionist at CMS and as wrestling coach.

Asbury’s case went before a jury on Tuesday, September 16. The jury returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty on each count. A motion to dismiss a pending disorderly conduct charge was granted and a no contact order was lifted.

With Livingston’s case tied to Asbury’s, a motion to dismiss all charges against Livingston were filed by Buchanan County Attorney Shawn M. Harden on Friday, September 26.

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