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Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 10:34 p.m.
 

A popular Cambria County radio disc jockey claims she was unfairly fired from her job on Tuesday because of recent actions of her ex-husband, who is in jail in Ebensburg charged with impersonating a police officer and stalking.

Former Rocky 99 and Froggy 95 radio personality Nancy Lane, who broadcast under the names “Daisy” and “Lexi,” said she was fired not because of her job performance, but because of her ex-husband, George Lane, 35, formerly of Portage.

“My job was the one place I could retreat to for a sense of normalcy, and now it is gone,” Lane said.

“In the past seven months, I have had to go into hiding and have been harassed by my husband via email, prison letter and Facebook. I've had my tires slashed at my job, ... and now my employment has been stripped from me,” she said.

Lane said the termination came as a “complete surprise.” She said she was escorted into the building in Westmont and escorted out without being able to say goodbye to co-workers. She said her termination letter read, “Regrettably, recent events involving your former husband has caused severe disruption to our business and has made this decision necessary.”

The radio stations where she worked are owned by Forever Broadcasting Inc. in Johnstown. General Manager Terry Deitz declined to comment on the firing.

“It is a personnel issue. We will have no comment,” Deitz said.

Lane said she left her husband last summer. He allegedly attempted to burn down the couple's Portage home, and since then, he has been arrested multiple times for terrorizing and threatening her.

George Lane was arrested again on Jan. 24 for allegedly impersonating a police officer and is in the Cambria County Jail, having failed to post $50,000 bond. Since July, online court records indicated he has been charged more than two dozen times by Cambria County authorities for harassment, plus multiple times for criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy and simple assault.

On Thursday, Lane was arraigned on charges of harassment and stalking filed by county detectives and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 17.

“All these months I've been repeatedly victimized by my husband, and I really loved my career. But now that's been taken away from me through no fault of my own, and I feel like I've been victimized again,” she said. “Just trying to live has been a struggle for me. What's really so hard to believe is that through all this until Tuesday, I had so much support from my employer,” Lane said.

Supporters have created a Facebook page, “Justice for Nancy-Daisy,” that has earned about 2,000 likes and created a petition for supporters to protest her employer's decision at www.care2.com/go/z/nancy.

Lane said she hopes public reaction to her termination will prompt an apology from Forever Broadcasting and educate other employers “to support, not punish, domestic abuse victims.”

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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