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Wrangell officials still seeking return of iPad, laptop

The City and Borough of Wrangell’s attorney is still in negotiations with Noel Selle-Rea’s lawyer concerning the return of an iPad and laptop. This could be the final move to bring the lawsuit to an end.

During a status conference Monday, Wrangell attorney Bob Blasco and Selle-Rea attorney David Shoup gave an update of the case before a judge in Wrangell court. Both parties mentioned they were making progress, but hadn’t solidified anything yet.

The request for return of the items came in an amended complaint from the Wrangell Borough. In the Sept. 4 filing, Blasco contends the iPad and laptop are borough property.

The complaint states “Those items were paid for with WMC funds for Defendant Selle-Rea’s use while the WMC Administrator. Neither item was Selle-Rea’s personal property.” The two parties will meet again for another status conference regarding this issue on Dec. 6 in Wrangell court.

Blasco also reported there is only one remaining defendant who must confirm a settlement agreement that was reached between the borough and the six former WMC board members and Selle-Rea.

Borough Manager Tim Rooney announced the settlement offer last month. It requires the return of $250,000 to the city and the dismissal of both the borough’s lawsuit and Selle-Rea’s counterclaim. Blasco said he expects that confirmation Tuesday. The borough assembly will likely discuss the issue during its regular meeting Nov. 27.

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