March 4, 2006 - Posted at 12:49 p.m. CST
JASPER, Mo. (AP) _ Five people face assault charges after a
Jasper City Council brawl sent the mayor and the former mayor's
wife to the hospital.
The fight broke out shortly after the city council meeting ended
Thursday night. It's the latest development in the skirmish between
Mayor John Rodebush and former Mayor Jim McCorkle.
Relations are so tense that Rodebush has obtained a restraining
order against McCorkle.
The brawl came after a meeting in which the audience taunted
Rodebush for casting the tie-breaking vote in favor of increasing
the reimbursement rate from 36 to 40 cents per mile for use of
private vehicles for city business.
When the fighting ended, Rodebush and Marie McCorkle, the wife
of the former mayor, were taken to a hospital for treatment.