Iraqi Americans say city official, a neighbor, harassed them
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A member of the Waterville Planning Board is being called on to resign after accusations that she harassed her Iraqi American neighbors.
About a dozen people protested Monday outside a meeting of the board, which Catherine Weeks, 65, did not attend, the Morning Sentinel reported.
Her neighbors, Rasmiya Fezaa and Falah Waheeb, asked a court in August for a protection order against Weeks. They alleged to the court that she has told them they don’t belong in the neighborhood, has videotaped them and has called the police on them multiple times.
A hearing on the protection order request is scheduled for Sept. 28.
Waheeb and Fezaa emigrated from Iraq, where Waheeb, 54, worked for the U.S. government. The couple said they have lived at their home in Waterville since May 2019.
Weeks denied the allegations in an interview with the newspaper and told it that publishing the accusations would be slander. She did not immediately return emails or phone calls from The Associated Press.
Rebecca Green, who is running for the Waterville City Council as a Democrat, was one of the dozen or so people at the protest.
“My feeling is, yes, there’s due process, but because she represents the city, it’s important for us to show that we don’t support that position,” Green said.