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Witnesses testify against Ontario City Councilor Rodriguez during restraining order hearing

Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez attends an open forum by Community in Action organization and the City of Ontario discussing the outcomes and next steps for the winter shelter program (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise).

A state judge ruled that Alfredo “Freddy” Rodriguez, an Ontario city councilor, was a credible threat to a former girlfriend and ordered him to stay away from her for a year.

Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff, a judge from Baker County handling the matter, ruled on Tuesday, July 14, after two and a half hours of court proceedings in Malheur County Circuit Court as Rodriguez contested a temporary restraining order issued against him in early June.

The restraining order was sought by a former girlfriend. The Enterprise does not identify victims of domestic abuse.

Shirtcliff said his decision was “an extremely close call,” and he had . . .