Two neighbors of Kane County Board member Melisa Taylor face misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and mob action, accused of yelling threats at her in a dispute related to Taylor's work at a charity food pantry.
Arrest warrants were issued Monday for Amy J. Campbell, 41, and Stacy E. Wagner, 44. Kane County circuit court clerk records show an official address on the 600 block of Sumac Drive in Aurora for Campbell, and on the 1700 block of North Emerald Bay, Palatine, for Wagner. The Sugar Grove police report, however, indicates they both are living on the 800 block of Longview Court in Sugar Grove.
According to a Sugar Grove police report, Taylor asked the two to leave the Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove on Aug. 25 after a disagreement broke out over whether Campbell should have listed the pantry in an order of protection she had sought against her husband, and whether Taylor had told pantry volunteers not to help Campbell move out of her house.
Campbell previously was a volunteer at the food pantry, but Taylor had asked her not to return for fear of her domestic violence issues spilling over into the shelter.
When Taylor returned home after the confrontation with Campbell and Wagner at the food pantry, she was confronted by the pair, according to a report she filed with police.
Taylor said Wagner repeatedly called her an obscene name, and that Wagner told her a friend was coming by "to kick her (expletive)."
Wagner's friend, when asked by police to provide a written statement about the incident, wrote, "Taylor lied about an incident that is in her rum-filled head. There was no reason for her to waste our taxpaying dollars and get the Sugar Grove police involved in this dispute," according to the report.
Wagner also threatened to have Taylor's food pantry shut down via connections to the Illinois attorney general's office, according to the police report.
Campbell and Wagner have denied any wrongdoing. Five witness statements corroborate Taylor's version of the events.
Taylor said during an interview that the incident caused her to fear for her safety and that of her children. Taylor also said that when she returned home, the neighbors involved in the incident lined up in their driveway to assault her with insults and threats from across the lawn that separates their homes. The comments made by Wagner, a man, caused her daughter to cry and forced police involvement, Taylor said.
Wagner has posted $500 for bail, and his next court date is Sept. 16. Court records do not indicate whether Campbell has posted bail or when her next court date is. They've both been ordered not to trespass on Taylor's property.