JOHNSTOWN - City Assessor Leamon H. Steele, who also is the town of Broadalbin assessor and is running for re-election to that position, was charged by state police earlier this month with trespassing.
Mayfield-based state police Sgt. John Phelps said Monday that Steele, 54, of 109 Bornt Road, Broadalbin, was charged at his home at 11:45 a.m. July 2. He said Steele faces an appearance at 5:30 p.m. Thursday before Broadalbin Town Justice Joseph W. Gilston Sr.
Phelps said Steele was charged in connection with an incident about 6:30 a.m. July 1. He said the suspect is accused of trespassing on private property on Union Mills Road, where he was "not welcome."
Phelps said Steele was charged based on "a criminal complaint by a local citizen." No other details were available from police.
Steele on Monday said the incident is "no big deal" and he is representing himself in the legal matter.
He said he was trying to reach out to an ex-girlfriend by bringing a peace offering to her property.
"She was my girlfriend for two years and I left some vegetables on her porch," Steele said. "She's saying I was trying to trespass."
Steele said he is being treated for lymphoma but is still the regular assessor for the city of Johnstown and the town of Broadalbin.
Steele filed a Conservative petition seeking re-election to his Broadalbin post last week. Another candidate listed by the Fulton County Board of Elections for Broadalbin assessor is Republican-Conservative Laurie Costello Bollock.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.