A month later, Debbie Turner alleges, she questioned Clark Turner about tickets for a golf event. He became "enraged," setting off an incident that resulted in the filing of domestic violence charges against Clark Turner that were later dropped.
According to a police report, the company's longtime accountant, Lawrence Kramer - described in court papers as the "third-most important person in the company" behind the Turners - tried to restrain Clark Turner after he kicked a garbage can at Debbie Turner.
He was fired that evening but said he thought the incident would blow over because of his long association with the company. But when he arrived the next day, he said, he was greeted by security guards.
Though a report of the incident was filed, the charges were dismissed after Kramer and Debbie Turner declined to testify.
In an interview, Kramer, 53, recalled a close-knit company where employees were invited to ice skate on a pond at the Turners' Darlington farm.
"The company was a true success story of a `ma and pa' operation, taking something from nothing and growing it into a viable business," Kramer said.
Over the next few months, Clark Turner fired his wife and told her to stay out of the company's waterfront office complex in Belcamp.
Debbie Turner had "become increasingly disruptive to CTI's workplace and harassing of CTI employees," Clark Turner said in court filings.
He accused her of opening employees' mail and taking papers, bills and documents off their desks while neglecting to pay electric, phone and water bills.
"Several employees have indicated to me their intent to leave work should Debbie continue to appear at the offices," he said in his affidavit.
Clark Turner sought a temporary restraining order against Debbie Turner, then opened a new company account for which he had sole signatory authority. He deposited rent checks from their properties in the account to "preserve the company's assets," according to court documents.
In response, she wrote letters to tenants contradicting instructions that they had received regarding where to send their rent payments.
The couple's problems were not restricted to the direction of the companies. After saying that her husband was "undergoing a personal crisis," Debbie Turner's lawyers detailed a litany of alleged unseemly behavior.
"Unfortunately, I think divorce sometimes brings out the worst in human emotions, and she has made claims to get leverage and improve her position that are not factual at all," Clark Turner said in an interview. "Anyone can file a claim. ... The truth is known by the mediator working through this."
Debbie Turner declined to comment through her attorney, Geoffrey H. Genth.
Her lawsuits name some of the couple's partner companies as defendants and have required people including Alter to give depositions.
Amid the legal wrangling, disputes continued to emerge. At one point, Debbie Turner contacted Clark Turner about concerns over Grand Oaks, a townhouse development in Bel Air. Clark Turner said he could assure her of a share of the profits if she consented to and guaranteed a $6.8 million loan.
"If Mrs. Turner does not consent to the loan, the chips will fall where they may," Clark Turner's divorce lawyer, Sheila Sachs, responded. Those exchanges led to another lawsuit, which Debbie Turner filed in March of this year, accusing him of withholding proceeds from sales at Grand Oaks.
The Turners' assets are being overseen by a court-appointed trustee, a move that Clark Turner appealed on grounds that it took away his power to run the companies. The Court of Special Appeals upheld the decision, and the cases are being heard by a private mediator at a cost of $26,000.
In a written opinion, Court of Special Appeals Judge Ellen L. Hollander summed up the cases:
"We are mindful that the parties are extremely wealthy persons involved in a bitter, contentious divorce that will inevitably involve claims for analysis of the many business entities that they have created as part of their lucrative real estate empire."