A woman in Atmore has filed a restraining order against embattled former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine after he allegedly attempted to contact her in ways that were annoying, harassing, stalking and threatening.
The “petition for protection from abuse” was filed by a woman named Tina M. Canterbury in Circuit Court of Escambia County on Thursday. In the document, Canterbury indicated she was in a “former dating relationship” with Nodine.
While there aren’t many details in the document, Canterbury claimed Nodine contacted her via text message on several occasions to let her know he was “in Atmore” and had even contacted several of her friends with disparaging messages about her.
“Has been accused in the past of murdering his ex-girlfriend Angel Downs,” Canterbury wrote. “ I am fearful of what he can do.”
Nodine’s attorney, Pascal Bruijn, issued a statement Thursday evening confirming his client’s prior romantic relationship with Canterbury but downplaying the need for the protective order she filed.
“There were certain unresolved issues such as return of Mr. Nodine’s personal items from the woman’s home. Mr. Nodine has no need or reason to ever contact her in the future,”Brujin wrote. “As such, the petition is without merit and it’s Mr. Nodine’s hope and desire to put this relationship behind him.”
Brujin also denied earlier reports that an arrest warrant had been issued for Nodine in Atmore as well. However, he did say a criminal report had been filed separate from the protective order and that an arrest warrant for Nodine could possibly be issued next week.
Messages sent to Nodine seeking comment on this report have yet to receive a response as well.
Nodine served on the Mobile County Commission from 2004 until 2010, when he resigned after being charged with the murder of his longtime mistress Angel Downs who was found dead in the driveway of her Gulf Shores home.
At a trial in Baldwin County in December 2012, a jury convicted Nodine on unrelated ethics charges while deadlocking on charges of stalking and murder. Separately, he was charged with federal violations for owning firearms while possessing illegal drugs — a conviction resulting in a 15-month sentence at a facility in south Florida.
After being released from the Baldwin County Corrections Center October 2016, Nodine was sent back to jail for 60 days after violating his probation by leaving the county and failing a required drug test on at least one occasion.
*Updated at 8:26 p.m. to include a statement from Nodine’s Attorney, Pascal Brujin.