May 5, 2012

Legislators' relationship subject of police probe

The romance that turned toxic between two Democratic state representatives prompted intervention by legislative leaders, lawmakers and Capitol Police.

By Steve Mistler
Staff Writer

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Herbig had been married to Josh Povec since 2007. According to Belfast District Court records, the couple filed for divorce on Aug. 9, 2011. The divorce was finalized on Jan. 17 of this year.

Hamm, Cornell du Houx's attorney, said the relationship with Herbig began in May of 2011 and "they continued to date throughout the summer."

Herbig could not be reached for comment.

In her complaint, Herbig claimed that Cornell du Houx, a concealed weapons permit holder, had a gun. The protection order mandates the temporary suspension of the permit and requires that Cornell du Houx turn over the weapon to local police.

Hamm said Cornell du Houx doesn't own a gun.

Brunswick Deputy Police Chief Marc Hagan said Friday that the department has suspended Cornell du Houx's permit. However, Hagan said, the legislator claimed he did not own a weapon. Hagan said he doesn't have the authority to search Cornell du Houx's residence. He also said applying for a permit does not require identifying a specific weapon.

"We do not ask, nor does the paperwork request any information about what type of weapon the person plans on carrying," Hagan said.

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