OTTAWA — Judd Spencer, mayor of the Putnam County village of Cloverdale, was named in a criminal indictment handed down Thursday by a Putnam County grand jury.
Spencer was charged in Putnam County Municipal Court last month with one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony; using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor; and carrying a concealed weapon, a fifth-degree felony. The case was transferred to Putnam County Common Pleas Court following the grand jury indictment on an identical set of charges.
The charges against Spencer reportedly are the result of physical threats he allegedly made against his wife. He pleaded not guilty to all counts and was released on conditional bond in the municipal court hearing.
Spencer was ordered to have no contact with his wife and was also ordered to refrain from using alcohol or from being in establishments where beer or liquor is served with the intent of consuming such spirituous beverages. He was required to relinquish any firearms he owns to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for the duration of his case.
Following his arrest, Spencer said will exercise his right to a jury trial. He said the case is complex and there is a lot to the story which needs to be brought to the table, adding things have not been good between himself and his wife for more than a year.