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‘Horseplay’ civil suit against Ray County dismissed

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

The civil suit against Ray County, Ray County 911 Assistant Director Kim Davis and Undersheriff Brian Bush has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning it has been dismissed permanently and cannot be refiled.

Former Ray County 911 dispatcher Jamie Liese, of Lexington, filed the suit in April 2012, alleging she was injured in a July 2011 horseplay incident with Bush while Davis observed in the dispatch office.

Liese was asking more than $125,000 in punitive damages, back pay and attorney’s fees. With the dismissal, each party is to pay for its court costs and attorney fees, according to court documents. A Sept. 5 hearing for a change of venue was canceled when 8th Circuit Court was notified a stipulation for dismissal of the case would be filed soon.

Missouri Highway Patrol investigated the matter in August 2011 at the request of then-Sheriff Sam Clemens. Sgt. Brad Ussary of Troop H, based in St. Joseph, was assigned as special investigator for a possible third-degree assault. In his report, Ussary interviewed Bush, Liese, Davis and two other dispatchers working in the 911 office at the time. Based on the investigation, Dekalb County Special Prosecutor Erik Tate declined to press charges.

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