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Day care bars ex-police chief

The former police chief of Mayville, N.D., has been ordered not to return to the day care center where his children attended. Michael Roehrich received a no-trespass notice Monday in Traill County District Court against visiting the Child Develop...

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The former police chief of Mayville, N.D., has been ordered not to return to the day care center where his children attended.

Michael Roehrich received a no-trespass notice Monday in Traill County District Court against visiting the Child Development Center at Mayville State University.

The action stemmed from a March 16 incident when, according to center director Allison Johnson, Roehrich caused a disruption with his wife, an employee there.

Roehrich on Monday called the order part of Johnson's "campaign of harassment" against him and his wife. He said Johnson has treated his wife differently than other workers since he complained about a crab apple tree near the children's playground about four years ago.

Johnson, who had initially sought a more serious disorderly conduct restraining order, said she took the action only because she was doing her job and had the safety of her program in mind. She said Roehrich's accusations against her are untrue.

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"It's just pointless to argue against that," she said.

Mayville State University attorney Pat Seaworth considered the matter resolved.

"We did not think of this as a big deal," he said.

Roehrich said his wife, Nicole Roehrich, remains an employee at the center. She said all involved have resolved their issues and are trying to behave amicably.

Johnson's complaint said Roehrich got loud and profane near children. When Johnson confronted him, he said he would tape future conversations at the center and sue if he continued to be accused of disruptions.

Roehrich said he created no such commotion. He said he mentioned the tape recorder because he thought it might be a necessary precaution.

Roehrich resigned as police chief in March 2004 after seven years in the post. At the time, he cited a hostile work environment created by the City Council. The move came as a councilman was planning to recommend his firing.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Forster at (701) 241-5538

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