The mayor of Alma has been the subject of two recent police reports for a domestic disturbance and allegedly placing a tracking device on his ex-wife’s car.


No charges have been filed against the mayor.


The domestic disturbance call was three days before the tracking device was reported.


On Oct. 24, Alma police officer Austin Wilkins was dispatched to the 1700 block of Daisy Lane in Alma where he found Alma Mayor Jerry Martin in the process of moving some of his belongings out of the residence.


After five years of marriage, Donna Martin filed for divorce from Jerry Martin on Sept. 28, claiming that "during the time the parties were living together, the Defendant has treated the Plaintiff with such general indignities as to make her life with him intolerable and therefore impossible for Plaintiff to longer live with the Defendant..."


The Martins were married on Aug. 16, 2016, and lived together as husband and wife until they separated from bed and board on or about Sept. 20, the complaint for divorce states. However, an administrative order out of the Crawford County Circuit Court’s Domestic Relations Division was filed July 2, 2019, and stated "each party is not to bother, harm, or threaten with harm, any other party or family member."


Jerry Martin stated during the police officer’s Oct. 24 visit that he needed to get the television off of the wall. At this point, his wife walked into the garage and advised that he could not do that per an agreement between their attorneys stating what Martin could and could not take.


Wilkins separated the two and began speaking to Donna Martin when he reportedly heard Jerry Martin say, "You’re not going to tell me what I can take," to Donna Martin's son, who was in the house. Wilkins approached the house and saw Jerry Martin attempting to take the television off of the wall. Donna Martin followed behind Wilkins and another argument between Jerry and Donna Martin began.


After separating the two, Wilkins spoke to Donna Martin’s son, who informed Wilkins that Jerry Martin "had put hands" on his mother. Donna Martin explained that Jerry Martin had thrown her rings into the sink, which caused her to act like she was going to throw his key fob at him. According to Donna Martin’s hand-written statement, Jerry Martin then grabbed her hands and "squeezed very hard." According to the administrative order for their divorce, each party is not to bother, harm, or threaten to harm either party or family member.


Donna Martin did not want to pursue pressing charges and both parties completed written statements on the events. In Wilkins' report, he noted that Jerry Martin had nearly finished moving his items from the house and would be leaving and remaining civil until he left the residence.


"Emotions always run high when someone is moving the personal belongings out of a residence when the other party is present," Jerry Martin wrote in an emailed response to the Press Argus-Courier.


Tracking device discovered


On Oct. 27, Donna Martin filed an incident report with the Alma police when a GPS tracking device was found on her vehicle. Donna Martin, who was told by a friend she may be being tracked, had her son use a mirror to look under the vehicle. He found a magnetic tracking device fixed to the undercarriage.


According to the police report, Donna Martin purchased the vehicle on Oct. 16 and on that same day witnessed Jerry Martin walking to the employee parking lot of her place of work on city property. She stated that Jerry Martin did not reappear for a few minutes. Donna Martin then checked the parking lot and didn’t see anyone, according to the report. She said she had a coworker check her vehicle for a tracking device but at that time nothing was found.