“First Amendment auditor” targets news office

The front door of the Douglas County Herald office will be locked “as a safety measure,” reported the newspaper. The 138-year-old Douglas County institution has reportedly been the subject of harassment related to their coverage of charges filed against Jimmy C. Haag, 55, of Alton.

“Since the newspaper published a story several weeks ago about Jimmy Haag’s ‘audit’ visits to the Ava Police Station and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Better Newspaper offices in Ava and Piedmont have received numerous phone calls from Haag and his supporters…The newspaper’s answering machine was filled with vile, curse-filled messages…It is hoped the that the lobby will reopen very soon,” reads the Herald’s front page article from January 11.

Haag was charged with first harassment in Douglas County on December 26, and he has an arrest record including multiple orders of protection, assault, and harassment stretching back to 1998. According to online court records, the arrest warrant for this matter has no bond. The accused is to be held without bond “until further order of the court.”

-Amanda Mendez


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