A couple who were arrested on multiple counts of animal abuse and charges were later dismissed have filed a $1 million tort claim against the county.
The Delaware County commissioners approved forwarding to tort claim, filed by Dennis and Lisa Garcia, to the county’s insurance company, Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma, during the Monday, Aug. 14 regular meeting.
The tort claim, dated Aug. 1, was filed by Carla Stinnett and Andrew M. Casey, on behalf of the Garcia’s and centers on actions by former Delaware County Deputy Sean Meador.
The Garcias were charged in Delaware County District Court with six counts of cruelty to animals after authorities found several dog carcasses in a mass grave, including two dog carcasses with their heads decapitated and broken bones.
Those charges were dropped in January after Meador admitted to making false statements on a search warrant.
“After leaving the scene without incident, one deputy Sean Meador, created a search warrant affidavit and an arrest warrant affidavit containing a series of false and misleading statements,” according to the two-page claim.
The claim alleges the Garcia’s reputation was damaged, expenses associated with hiring an attorney, incarceration, property damage and emotional distress and mental anguish.
In financial business, the commissioners approved a $27,000 invoice from Rose and McCrary for an Oklahoma Department of Transportation project in District 3 which is designated a New Life Ranch road.
Other invoices approved included a $4,095 invoice from the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau, a $147.77 invoice from the Sac and Fox Nation Juvenile Detention Center, a $1,925 invoice from Craig County Detention Center, a $6,129 invoice from the Craig County Sheriff’s Department and a $363.70 invoice from the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau.
Russell Martin, commissioner for District No. 3 said during the Public Comments portion of the meeting, there had been several incidents of vandalism to the Jay Community Center and Jay Library and asked the issue be put on the Aug. 21 meeting.
The commissioners also approved a $20 bid for Flint Ridge RV Park property not sold at a resale and an annual memorandum of agreement with Cherokee Nation.
The next meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.