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Former Chief’s Hearing Rescheduled

By Staff | Jan 6, 2016

Former Paden City Police Chief Joseph Richardson’s hearing Dec. 30 in Tyler County Magistrate Court will be rescheduled to a later date.

Richardson was arrested Oct. 12 by state police responding to a domestic disturbance at his residence in Friendly. He allegedly attacked a woman multiple times and slammed her against a wall, according to the criminal complaint. Richardson was charged with domestic battery and unlawful restraint and remains free on $10,000 bond.

Tyler County magistrates have recused themselves from presiding over Richardson’s hearing, so Wetzel County Magistrate Judith Goontz will preside over the hearing as a special magistrate. She said attorneys need more time to prepare. A new hearing date has not been scheduled.

Paden City Council suspended Richardson October 14 as he faces domestic battery charges.

State police have not released anything to city leaders regarding the report being prepared about allegations involving Richardson.

Tyler County Prosecuting Attorneys D. Luke Furbee’s office has recused itself from the case. Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton is serving as the special prosecutor. Richardson is represented by defense attorney Robert McCoid of Wheeling