Spring Creek Woman Sues Over School Board Meeting Arrest

A Spring Creek woman who was arrested last year at an Elko County School Board meeting has filed a lawsuit in U-S- District Court against Elko County Sheriff Dale Lotspeich and Elko County.

The lawsuit seeks more than 20-thousand dollars in damages, plus attorney's fees.

Lotspeich, who then was a sheriff's deputy and sheriff-elect as well as school board trustee, arrested Conni Tricoli at the November 2006 meeting on charges of disturbing a public meeting and disturbing the peace.

The meeting had erupted in a shouting match when a group of Spring Creek parents loudly voiced displeasure with the board's decision not to take action on concerns they raised about Spring Creek High School.

The Elko County District Attorney's office did not pursue the misdemeanor charges against Tricoli, saying the situation did not
require criminal action.

Tricoli's lawsuit claims that she experienced bodily injury, humiliation, emotional distress, pain and suffering.