Former Wheatfield Supervisor Timothy E. Demler was picked up on a civil warrant at his home Thursday morning and taken to a Buffalo courtroom to answer court orders left over from his divorce, attorneys in the case said Friday.
Niagara County Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti confirmed that a deputy executed State Supreme Court Justice John F. O’Donnell’s warrant about 10 a.m. Thursday. Filicetti said Demler was released after a court appearance.
Paul A. Vance, attorney for Demler’s ex-wife, Tammie Lee Demler, said the judge had found Demler in contempt of court for not living up to all the terms of the 2011 divorce settlement.
“I’ve been doing this, divorcing people, for 27 years, and this is only the second time I’ve had a judge mad enough to have somebody arrested,” Vance said. “Kudos to Judge O’Donnell.”
“It’s unfortunate that this happened,” said John L. Tragilio, Demler’s attorney. “I think politics played a part in it.”
He declined to expand on that comment. Demler did not return a call seeking comment.
Vance said O’Donnell had been fining Demler $50 a day for allegedly not making timely payments on the mortgage on the home on Mapleton Road that the Demlers once lived in. Vance said it’s in Tammie Demler’s name, although Timothy Demler remained living there.
Vance said the same late payment problem occurred regarding a bridge loan on a house on Wildwing Drive, which Tammie Demler ended up with in the divorce settlement.
These problems have sabotaged Tammie Demler’s credit rating, Vance said. “She can’t even get a Sears credit card,” the attorney said.
Vance said a refinancing of the mortgage on the Mapleton Road house is slated to close on Tuesday, which the attorney said is one reason Demler wasn’t jailed.
“I asked for imprisonment,” Vance said. “He’s already been adjudicated in contempt.”
Vance also said Demler has to pay his ex-wife more than $20,000.
“The reality is, this has been a long and winding road. We’re down to the last issue,” said Tragilio, who declined to comment on most of the specifics Vance offered.