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LIBERTY ASSAULT Wife of suspect files for divorce



Published: Sat, July 13, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The woman cited her husband's drug problem in the court filings.

By DENISE DICK

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- The wife of a man accused of running down a woman in a field near a grocery store parking lot has filed for divorce and has been granted a restraining order prohibiting her husband from bothering her at home or work.

Amy Ciminero filed for divorce and a restraining order in Trumbull County Domestic Relations Court on Thursday, two days after Anthony V. Ciminero, her husband of eight years, was accused of ramming his SUV into a parked car occupied by two people in the Giant Eagle parking lot on Belmont Avenue.

Police say Ciminero, who will turn 34 Monday, rammed the car three times, pushing it over a curb and into a field. Robert and Nancy Norman of Liberty, who were in the car, got out, and police say Ciminero ran over Nancy Norman, 43, as she was lying on the ground.

Mrs. Norman suffered several broken bones and internal injuries and was to undergo the first in a series of operations Friday at Cleveland Metro Health Center.

Ciminero was arraigned in Girard Municipal Court on Friday on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault. He did not enter a plea.

'Irrational and unpredictable'

In the court papers, Amy Ciminero referred to her husband's drug problem, which has required him to be hospitalized.

The problem has caused him to "act in an irrational and unpredictable manner," the court papers say.

Police have said suspected drugs were found on Ciminero at the time of the incident.

His wife said in her court filings that she is "fearful for the well-being and safety of herself and their children." A copy of the police report is included with the motion.

The filing indicates there have been no incidents of domestic violence or child abuse or neglect.

Judge Richard James of Trumbull Domestic Relations Court issued a restraining order Thursday barring Ciminero from selling, disposing of or withdrawing any property in which the couple share an interest.

The couple's daughters

The judge's order also prohibits Ciminero from living with his wife and their two daughters, ages 4 and 2, at their Seneca Trail home. It also restrains him from "harassing or interfering" with his wife, "including but not limited to her home and her place of employment."

It designates her temporary residential parent and legal custodian of their daughters pending a hearing Aug. 8.

Ciminero was being held Friday in the Trumbull County jail under $1 million bond. Judge Michael Bernard said Ciminero can be freed by posting $100,000 in cash.

Ciminero's attorney, John Falgiani, told the judge during Friday's appearance that if his client was able to post bond, he would be transported by family members to a drug treatment facility.

Amy Ciminero filed for divorce in 1999 and referred to a "problem which has necessitated his hospitalization and subsequent care." That filing didn't elaborate on the problem.

The couple reconciled and the divorce motion was dismissed in 2000, court records show.

dick@vindy.com




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