Now, that I have your attention, please read this…

Several years ago, while David Campbell was president of the New Harmony town board, he had me arrested for DISORDERLY CONDUCT at a town board meeting. 

At that meeting, Dave was purple angry, that I tried to question him about an illegal contract, he had created between the town of New Harmony and Dona Kohlmeyer the then owner of the Posey County News newspaper. He refused to recognize me to speak about it during the meeting, and after the meeting, he shrieked in my face, that I was a sleaze bag and stomped out the door, calling the Town Marshall Scotty Champlain in from outside to  force me to leave the meeting or be arrested. 

I politely refused Scotty’s order to leave. Then, Scotty told me he had orders from Campbell to arrest me  failing my immediate departure. A quorum of the town board was still in the room, Joe Morris, Joe Straw and Don Gibbs as well as the Town Clerk, who becomes a voting member of the board, when any member is absent. Dona Kohlmeyer, the then owner of the Posey  County News newspaper was huddled together with these board members. Read the depositions below. 

To have emptied the room of public spectators, would have put the board members in contravention of the law against them meeting more than two at a time, without the public notified and in attendance. Scotty was in way over his skill level, because of Campbell’s orders, and Campbell had no idea of the law concerning public meetings, 

Scotty, then told me I was under arrest for DISORDERLY CONDUCT, handcuffed me and drove me off to jail in Mt Vernon in the midst of the worst ice storm of the century. And, that is recorded fact, not hyperbole.  I was dragged to Mt Vernon without any of my medications or my medical oxygen. The jail processed me in, I bailed myself out. Then friends from New Harmony, including good old Ralph Hardy, risked life and limb on the totally iced over road to retrieve me and deliver me home to my terrified wife and daughter.

Campbell and the County Prosecutor  offered to “let me off” with a $50 fine, if I would plead guilty to DISORDERLY CONDUCT and let the matter die. However, by this time, I knew, that there is a legal definition of DISORDERLY CONDUCT in the Indiana State Codes, and that I had done nothing to make me guilty of that charge. In fact, I may have been the only person involved in this ugly incident, who did not break any laws,  

Consequently, I lawyered up and demanded a jury trial. This put Campbell up a stump, because he now had to prove, that I had violated the law, which I most certainly had not. Campbell thought, that when I refused to allow either he or Scotty to order me to leave the town hall, that my disobeying the two of them made me a law breaker. But, sadly for Porky Campbell, that was NOT what Indiana law said. 

Campbell and the County Prosecutor  called nine witnesses against me. All nine were deposed (QUESTIONED UNDER OATH) before the County Prosecutor. All nine depositions are linked below for your reading pleasure. Not one of these nine witnesses was able to testify, that I had committed DISORDERLY CONDUCT in any fashion or broken any laws at all. Not one of them, not even Campbell himself, could testify to ANYTHING illegal on my part.  


Interestingly enough, when you read all of the sworn depositions, when Campbell HIMSELF shouted in my face, that I was a “sleaze bag” he was probably guilty of TUMULTUOUS ACTIONS himself,  which are chargeable under Indiana CODES as a form of disorderly conduct.

It was Campbell who SHOULD have been arrested at that point, when he screamed bad language in my face. But, then HE was supervising the Town Marshall at that moment.

During the depositions, Campbell tripped over his own clumsy fat pig feet and got caught lying under oath before the County Prosecutor. While being deposed, Campbell swore under oath, that he knew absolutely NOTHING about about the contract renting the New Harmony town property to the Posey County News. Then, my lawyer and the prosecutor, slapped Campbell in right in his fat LYING face, with the actual contract with his signature, and his signature ONLY on it for the town of New Harmony.

I THINK, Campbell thought he was safe in lying, because he THOUGHT the contract had been destroyed. But, my lawyer, through some miracle, had obtained the original of the contract. I think he got it from the owner of the Posey County News. So, Campbell was caught flat footed LYING under oath. 

At this point, with zero proof, that I had broken any law, and Campbell, the star witness against me, caught lying under oath, all charges were dropped. I received an apology from the Prosecutor and from Don Gibbs, who was on the town board, when all of this happened.

I am STILL owed an apology from the town itself.

After, the charges were dropped, Campbell took one more whack at me. He tried to get the state to take away my concealed carry permit for a firearm. He called the State Police in Indianapolis, and accused me of not being a “fit person” to have a firearm concealed carry permit.

Once more, I whipped Campbell’s lard ass on that, too. I had to go, in poor health, to a hearing in Indianapolis to defend myself against Campbell’s charges that I was “unfit” to carry a firearm. But, the Administrative Law Judge, I appeared before in Indianapolis was a fellow war vet, and agreed with me, that I was more “fit” to carry a firearm, than most of the draft dodgers around me, such as Campbell.

So, David can kiss my patootie on that one too! 

There are some lessons in all of this.

First, a guy like Campbell, who will lie under oath, will ALSO lie about anything at any time.

And next, Campbell  showed himself to be a third rate sissy jelly bean, who used the power of public office to try to punish a private enemy.

That time it was me he attacked with the power of his office, but I had the brains and money to defend myself. If the voters give Campbell public office again, his next victim may not be as well equipped to defend themselves, as I am. Vote him out. He’s a cowardly jerk and morally unfit. 

I also want to make very clear, that regardless of the terms or content of the contract Campbell made with the Posey County News, the contract was totally illegal on its face.

Indiana law requires ANY contract between a town and any other entity to be discussed by a quorum of the board members in a meeting that is announced in advance and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

Slicksters like Campbell are the REASON we need that law. Campbell made the contract with his friend at the Posey County News, without ANY discussion in a public meeting, completely under the table. Campbell is a sneaking, lying scoff law.

Allow me to say, David Campbell is a bully a liar and a COWARD. Please vote for someone other than Campbell. My cat has more honor and dignity than Campbell. 

By the way, NONE of this was the fault of Town Marshall Scott Champlain, Scotty was just following orders from Campbell.

And, as a matter of fact, later, while good ol’ Scotty was suffering from cancer, David Campbell tried to screw Scotty out of his retirement, by not allowing to serve out his required time for his pension. Scotty had to pay a lawyer to protect himself  from Campbell’s attack on this. 

Campbell is a natural rat. Ask Scotty. 


Ron Nesler spreading the truth from New Harmony, Indiana




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