- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PRICE, Utah (AP) - A judge has rejected a proposed plea deal for a Utah mayor accused of threatening university officials over his daughter’s grade.

KSL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1zQIuCX) that Judge Steven Stream of the Emery County Justice Court denied the plea Tuesday for Price Mayor Joe Piccolo and sent the case back to prosecutors.

Piccolo is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the December incident. KSL reports that Piccolo acknowledges losing his temper, but denies making any threats.

Price is a small, rural city of 8,700 in central Utah.

Judge Stream made the decision after listening to arguments from Heidi Nestel, an attorney representing three Utah State University Eastern instructors who allege Piccolo threatened them. They say Piccolo launched into a verbal rage over a grade his daughter received.

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Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/

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