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Lindsay mayor won’t resign

BY RANDY ELLIS Modified: March 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm •  Published: February 27, 2010
LINDSAY — Comparing his relationship with an ex-girlfriend to the movie "Fatal Attraction,” Lindsay Mayor Johnny Branch wants to give his version of events leading up to his January arrest related to kicking in the woman’s door.

"She stalked me for six months, and I couldn’t get rid of her,” said Branch, 57, mayor of a Garvin County community of about 2,900 people.

"I’ve been stalked and messed with and trash turned over and air let out of tires and just run nuts.”

Contacted by telephone, ex-girlfriend Lisa Shawley, 45, denied stalking him.

"Oh my God,” she said. "That is ridiculous.”

A felony burglary charge against Branch stemming from the door kicking incident is pending in Garvin County District Court.

Branch said he regrets the three- to four-month relationship with Shawley.

"I’m guilty of taking up with trailer park trash ... and I’m mad at myself for that,” the mayor said.

Shawley responded: "Oh my gosh. He said that? Oh my God. That is so stupid.”

Branch admits kicking in Shawley’s door, but says he was provoked.

The mayor said he returned home from an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game that night and discovered his new cell phone had been taken, along with candles he had bought to hand out to elderly people in preparation for an ice storm.

Branch said he went to Shawley’s house to get them back.

"I made a mistake, and the reason I didn’t call the police is she’s got two little kids, and I like them, and I didn’t want to get them in trouble. I just wanted my stuff back,” he said.

Branch said when he arrived at Shawley’s house, "she held that brand new cell phone she stole out of my house up in the window and laughed at me and I lost my temper, and kicked the door. I didn’t go in the house, but I kicked that door. That’s a bad mistake, and I’m a big man and I can dad gum sure own up to my mistakes.


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