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Couple accused of harassing Legion leader, face felony charges

Ginger Geary

Ginger Geary

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Updated: September 22, 2014 12:31PM



GARY — Two women who celebrated their same-sex marriage on the front page of the Post-Tribune in June are back in the news for less happy reasons.

Ginger M. Geary, 45, and Jeanne McCarthy, 50, both of 7301 Locust St., are charged with felonies related to alleged acts against the commander of the American Legion post in the Miller area. They are out on bail — $25,000 for Geary and $65,000 for McCarthy — and have an initial court hearing Sept. 3, court records state.

Both women are charged with stalking. McCarthy is also charged with attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness, while Geary also faces a charge of misdemeanor battery.

Geary is a former bartender at Miller Dunes Post 279 but was fired for “conduct unbecoming” and also barred two months ago from entering the building, 6601 Hobart Road, according to court records. Since then, she has made numerous telephone calls to the post and to members “physically threatening some of the customers,” police reported.

They said McCarthy was banned from the Post 279 last month after she ignored rules to keep alcoholic beverages inside.

Post 279 Commander John Wing told Detective Robin Bolde that he got a call from the bartender on Aug. 5, saying Geary and McCarthy were sitting on a planter at the entrance “taunting the bartender” on the security camera, according to police.

Wing told police he went to the post to talk with the women, and “Geary started to chest-bump him,” raised her hand to him and the women then chased him.

Wing called police and while he was talking to a dispatcher, McCarthy drove her car at him, forcing him to jump up on a concrete planter to avoid being hit, police reported.



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