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4-29-2015


Disturbance reported at
Springston home

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

While Dr. Scott Springston was still serving as the superintendent of the Park Hill School District, police responded to a reported domestic disturbance at his Weatherby Lake home.

According to a police report by the Weatherby Lake Police Department, Captain Lonny L. Gower and Sgt. Donnie Hachman responded to the Springston home in the 9800 block of NW 73rd Terrace at 4:16 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The Landmark obtained the police report Wednesday morning after making an open records request for the document on Tuesday.

According to the police report, Mrs. Springston told authorities she was involved in a verbal argument with her husband, Scott Springston.

According to the report, Mrs. Springston said when her husband arrived home from work “he was intoxicated and the two of them had been arguing for about an hour before she called the police.”

Following Mrs. Springston's call to police, Springston left the residence, according to the police report.

According to the police report, Mrs. Springston told authorities that no physical assault took place but that a verbal dispute ensued for about an hour.

In the police report, the reporting officer writes: “Mrs. Springston mentioned that Mr. Springston has issues with alcohol and the littlest amount of alcohol will make him violent, which has been increasing lately.”

The report goes on to state: “Mrs. Springston said the drinking is more frequent lately due to stressors at work and dealing with the school board.”

According to the Weatherby Lake police report, Mrs. Springston “inquired on how to have Mr. Springston removed from the residence.”

In his report, Captain Lonny Gower writes that he explained to Mrs. Springston the process of obtaining an ex-parte order of protection. According to the police report, Mrs. Springston was “not too receptive of this idea,” the officer writes.

According to the police report, Weatherby Lake police told the superintendent's wife she had the option of staying the night with a family member or friend. The police officer writes in his report that he also discussed with Mrs. Springston the “option of pursuing family counseling in order to make the marriage work.”

According to the police report, a female witness to the events in the house conveyed to police that the incident was verbal only and “that no assaults have taken place in the past” and that it “has all been verbal arguments only.”

According to the police report, the witness said Mr. Springston “has a lot of stress right now” including, job-related stress, “paying on two mortgages--one in Weatherby Lake and another in Colorado ” and other family issues.

The witness told police that “Mr. Springston has been working out a lot more than normal, was occasionally now every day,” according to the police report.

The witness added that Mr. Springston “has started to chew and gets a buzz from this,” according to the police report.

The report indicates officers left the Springston residence at 4:29 p.m.

Springston signed a “resignation agreement” with the Park Hill School board earlier this month. In a news release, district officials said Springston was resigning “to address health-related matters.”

Asked if district officials were aware of the incident and whether the incident had anything to do with a “personnel investigation” referenced in school board minutes prior to Springston’s resignation, Nicole Kirby, director of communications for Park Hill, responded: “I can’t comment on individual employees.”

See a related story on the front page for more details on the Springston resignation.