- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

PADEN CITY, W.Va. (AP) - A special prosecutor will be appointed to handle criminal charges against Paden City Police Chief Joseph Richardson.

Multiple media outlets report that a Tyler County judge on Tuesday granted prosecutor D. Luke Furbee’s request to disqualify his office from the case.

Furbee declined to comment to The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register on the request.

State police arrested the 33-year-old Richardson on Monday on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and unlawful restraint. He remains free on a $10,000 bond.

Paden City Mayor John Hopkins has said Richardson was suspended pending an investigation. The City Council plans to hold a special meeting on Thursday.

It wasn’t immediately known whether Richardson has an attorney. A telephone listing for Richardson couldn’t be found.


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