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  • MOT Charter counselor, husband charged in confrontation with police

  • An MOT Charter School counselor is accused of trying to assault a Middletown police officer early Sunday during an altercation that began when her husband allegedly pulled a switchblade on a local restaurant employee.
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  • An MOT Charter School counselor is accused of trying to assault a Middletown police officer early Sunday during an altercation that began when her husband allegedly pulled a switchblade on a local restaurant employee.
    Tina M. Conley and her husband Kevin Conley, a major in the Delaware National Guard, are each facing a slew of criminal charges following the altercation at TwoNineNine Old School Grill in the Middletown Crossing Shopping Center, according to police.
    Middletown Police Department spokesman Lt. Michael Kelly said Kevin Conley reportedly became aggressive with a 42-year-old male restaurant employee as the bar was closing just before 1:30 a.m.
    During the altercation, Conley pulled out the knife and threatened to kill a 25-year-old female employee, Kelly said.
    Tina Conley eventually took the knife from her husband and the couple left the restaurant on foot.
    The first officer on the scene caught up to the Conleys in the service road behind the shopping center, where Kevin Conley reportedly refused to comply with the officer’s commands and physically resisted arrest.
    As Kevin Conley was being taken into custody, Tina Conley tried to kick the officer in the groin and otherwise actively interfered with her husband’s arrest, Kelly said.
    Tina Conley is charged with second-degree attempted assault, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, hindering prosecution of a felony, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. She later was released on an $11,000 unsecured bond.
    Kevin Conley is charged with aggravated menacing, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, unlawfully dealing with a switchblade and disorderly conduct. He was being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna on a $27,500 secured bond as of this weekend.
    Kelly said the Conleys also were ordered to have no contact with the victims or the restaurant.
    Kevin Conley previously worked as a track coach and science teacher at Middletown High School.
    Tina Conley is a wellness counselor/disciplinarian for second through fifth grades at MOT Charter.
    “I am aware of the allegations regarding an incident with one of our staff members early Sunday morning in Middletown,” said Linda Jennings, the head of school at MOT Charter. “We take this matter very seriously, and of course, the conduct described in the allegations is not condoned by MOT. It would be inappropriate for me to comment further on this personnel matter at [this] time, particularly since the investigation is continuing.”

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