A divorced couple with protection from abuse orders against each other was arrested in separate locations this morning on charges they both violated the orders.

Kenneth Ora Byron, 65, of St. Albans, and his former wife, Ann Marie Byron, 45, of Dexter, were taken to the county jail in East Madison just after midnight.

The arrests came after Kenneth Byron allegedly used his daughter to serve his former wife with court papers late Thursday, Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department said this afternoon.

The problem with that, Lancaster said, is that the envelope allegedly containing the court documents meant for Ann Marie Byron was empty.

“Once she realized that there was nothing in the envelope and that she had received this envelope under the pretext of getting court paperwork, a phone call was made to Kenneth and she was quite explicit with her disdain for the empty envelope,” Lancaster said. “It was determined that violated the protection order by direct contact.”

Ann Marie Byron was arrested at her residence in Dexter.

The district attorney also determined that Kenneth Byron had made indirect contact his former wife with the delivery of the empty envelope and he was arrested at his home in St. Albans, according to Lancaster.

Kenneth Byron was released from the jail and Lancaster said it is uncertain if formal charges will be brought against him.

Ann Marie Byron remained at the county jail this afternoon on a probation hold.

She previously had been arrested in St. Albans in April on charges of domestic violence, with prior convictions, and with theft and criminal mischief, according to jail records.

An intake worker at the jail said she appeared in court today and was ordered held without bail. It was not certain if she has a lawyer yet, he said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367
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