Originally created 05/31/97

Oglesby Coliseum suit back on



Former general manager Wendy Oglesby's suit against the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority is back on, her attorney said Friday.

The suit was thought to be settled May 20, when the authority voted to approve $63,000 for Ms. Oglesby. But that went awry Friday afternoon when she returned to town to sign the agreement.

At issue was whether about $15,000 in taxes should be withheld from the settlement. Sam Cruse, Ms. Oglesby's attorney, said that Coliseum Authority attorney Sam Nicholson brought up the matter for the first time just before the signing. The issue of withholding taxes never came up during the six weeks he negotiated the settlement with Mike Millians, who represented the authority in the case, Mr. Cruse said.

Mr. Nicholson would not comment, except to say, "There's been a disagreement in the method of settling the case from the authority's standpoint, and that has caused a delay in the settlement."

Ms. Oglesby resigned as general manager of the Civic Center in October 1995 after six months, citing a "hostile work environment."

In her suit, Ms. Oglesby, now marketing director for the Charlotte Coliseum, had asked for $103,786.67, the remainder of payments under her two-year contract, and $4,250 in automobile allowance.