Feds: W.Va. Chief, Officer Out to Avoid Charges

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal law enforcement authorities say the Clarksburg police chief and a lieutenant have resigned to avoid charges related to the delayed arrest of a city councilman in a domestic assault case.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced Tuesday that chief Marshall Goff and Lt. Tim Smith are accused of civil rights violations and making false statements to authorities, but they will avoid charges by stepping down.

Both resigned abruptly this week.

Clarksburg police were called to councilman Sam "Zeke" Lopez' home on April 2, where his wife claimed Lopez pinned her down, hit her with a rolling pin and dumped food on her during an argument. Lopez was arrested July 3 and charged with one count of domestic battery.

Lopez was re-elected to Clarksburg City Council in June.

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