CANTON — Cherokee County School Board member Kelly Marlow and her political adviser, Robert Trim, turned themselves in at the Cherokee Detention Center on Saturday morning on felony charges of making false statements that the county school superintendent tried to run them over with his car.
Marlow and Trim turned themselves in to police at about 8 a.m. and two hours later were released on bond, set at $11,200 for each, said Pacer Cordry, spokesman for the Canton Police Department.
Cherokee County Republican Party Secretary Barbara Knowles is also charged with one count of making false statements and one count of false report of a crime in the incident, police records show.
Knowles had not turned herself in as of Saturday afternoon, Cordry said.
After a long, heated school board meeting June 13, Marlow, Trim and Knowles were walking through downtown Canton to the Painted Pig Tavern at about 11 p.m. when the incident allegedly took place, Cordry said
“Knowles admittedly said that they crossed the street illegally and not in a crosswalk,” Cordry said. “Knowles indicated that the vehicle that had almost struck them was identified as a white BMW SUV and being driven by Cherokee County School Superintendent Frank Petruzielo.”
Knowles called 911 and reported that “the superintendent of the school raced right by me in his white BMW and did not stop,” according to a copy of the 911 call obtained by the Tribune.
According to the police report of the incident, the three Cherokee individuals felt “threatened” by this.
Cordry said detectives began work investigating the incident and have determined the report and the statements provided to police by Knowles, Marlow and Trim to be “false.”
Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant also said Friday night that “based on the evidence we have, this was just totally fabricated.”
Merchant said Friday night that he would “strongly suggest” the suspects turn themselves in.