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Man disrupts Marion city council meeting

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MARION -- You could soon see added security in Marion after an unexpected visitor disrupted the city council meeting.

Monday night, a man barged in and ranted to the council about a recent arrest.

Marion's city administrator was discussing the hiring of a new lifeguard at the HUB a man claiming to be Treston Miller interrupted her, shouting obscenities while claiming he was wrongly arrested 12 days prior.

He showed his hands and lifted his shirt to show he wasn't carrying a weapon even offering his hands to be taken back into custody. But Marion Commissioners are still on edge.

"Now I understand why people consider concealed carry and I might do so myself," acting mayor Anthony Rinella said.

Rinella said the council may bring in a police officer for meetings in the future.

"People for no reason at all go into a mall and kill others, go into a church and kill others. You would hate to think it could happen at your council table but it could," Rinella said. "Maybe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Rinella likes the openness and transparency of the council but there are other ways to speak out, including the council's public comment period at the beginning of every meeting.

Rinella said no one should act the way Miller did Monday night and he's no longer allowed at council meetings.

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