EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGlasgow Councilman Arrested; Charges Later Dropped
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Jul. 30, 2013 11:12 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 31, 2013 4:39 PM EDT
Glasgow , Kanawha County , West Virginia
There's an update to a story we told you about on Eyewitness News at 10 Tuesday night. Charges against a Glasgow City Council member have been dropped.
We tried to talk to Travis Hager several times, by calling him and knocking on his door. But Tuesday, after we reported his arrest, Hager called our newsroom and said the charges had been dropped.
Police had arrested and charged Hager with felony counts of fradulent schemes, obstructing police, and making false reports. Hager used to run an auto shop in Cedar Grove, and according to the criminal complaint, back in June he sold a car to a local resident. When a title was finally given to the buyer days later, it was the title to an incorrect, stolen car, impounded in New Jersey.
But because of all the allegations against Hager, some residents are still questioning whether he should be able to stay on the city council.
Eyewitness News asked, "Do you think he should lose his job on the city council because of this?"
"Yeah. Yeah I do," Glasgow resident Linda Ferrant said.
Hager told told Eyewitness News he has no comment on whether he'll stay on the city council, or why he's been missing meetings. He also didn't want to discuss the criminal case against him.
As Reported July 30 On Eyewitness News at 10:
A Glasgow City Council member is now facing criminal charges, for allegedly making an underhanded business deal.
We first told you about the investigation into councilman Travis Hager earlier this month. At the time, police weren't saying why they were looking into Hager, but Monday Glasgow councilman appeared in court for a preliminary hearing, as he's facing a handful of felony charges.
For weeks, many here in the small town of Glasgow have been buzzing about one of their city council members: Travis Hager. Hager's been missing from the past few council meeting, causing the rumor mill to crank at full speed, as people have tried to get answers from city leaders about what he might've done wrong to draw a police investigation.
"Everybody's kind of wondering, you know, what's going on with our council??" a Glasgow resident asked at the town's council meeting July 15.
Now we know. About a week ago, Glasgow Police arrested councilman Travis Hager, charging him with felony fradulent schemes, obstructing police, and making false reports.
Hager used to run an auto shop in Cedar Grove, and according to the criminal complaint, back in June he sold a car to a local resident, The buyer repeatedly asked for the car's title, but it took several days to get that paperwork. When the buyer was finally given a title, he realized it was wrong. It turns out the title he got belonged to a stolen vehicle, impounded in New Jersey.
We tried to reach the alleged victim and Travis Hager with no luck.
People in the small community can't believe an elected official could wind up in this much trouble.
"I was really surprised about this right here," said Glasgow resident Linda Fernatt.
But others say they saw it coming. Thirteen-year-old Ronnie Williams used to change tires for Travis Hager at his auto shop, and claims he witnessed some shady activity there.
"He used to be kind of cool until he started getting on drugs and stuff. Then he wouldn't show up at work, wouldn't show up at the council meetings, and wouldn't go to the gym no more or nothing like that," Williams said.
Glasgow mayor Chuck Armstrong didn't want to go on camera after learning of Hager's arrest, but is sticking to what he told us earlier this month. He's not sure Hager should continue as a city representative, but until he's convicted of a crime, or resigns, he won't be kicked off the council.
But many residents we talked with don't agree with the mayor, and think Hager should be removed from his position. For now, it doesn't seem like the councilman will not be stepping down on his own
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