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Former Dunbar Mayor Appears In Magistrate Court For Summons On Assault Charge
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jan. 11, 2013 5:28 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 11, 2013 5:55 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Former Dunbar mayor Roger Wolf appeared Friday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court to answer a summons for an assault charge he is facing for allegedly threatening his former stepson.
Magistrate Mike Sisson explained the charges to Wolfe and set a personal recognizance bond for the former mayor.
A criminal complaint said Wolfe was charged with assault following an incident that allegedly occurred Oct. 14, 2012, at the Tobacco House at 2201 Fairlawn Ave. in Dunbar.
Police said Shane Haynes, Wolfe’s former stepson, said he and his mother had stopped at the store when Wolfe came into the business. Haynes told police he put his head down and tried to avoid any conflict with Wolfe. Haynes said Wolfe yelled at him and told the cashier to call the police. Wolfe then allegedly said he was going to get his gun and walked outside the store. Haynes said he asked the cashier to hide him because he was afraid that Wolfe would come back in and shoot him. The cashier let Haynes hide in a small room, the complaint said.
Officers said they spoke to Wolfe and he said that Haynes had cursed him and that Wolfe asked him to leave him alone. The former mayor claimed his son-in-law cursed him again, and Wolfe said he asked the cashier to call police and he waited outside for their arrival. Police said they checked Wolfe’s concealed weapon permit, and he did not have it with him when he went to the store.
Wolfe has said he plans to ask for a jury trial.
This is not the first time that Wolfe has been in the news. In November 2011, he said he would not pay more than $26,000 in fines the West Virginia Ethics Commission issued against him. The Ethics Commission said it was hiring a lawyer in an attempt to collect the fines. Ethics officials want Wolfe to pay the city of Dunbar thousands of dollars in unauthorized reimbursements, more than $5,000 in legal expenses, and a $15,000 punitive fine.
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