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Former Mayor Wolfe to appear in court on assault charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Embattled former Dunbar Mayor Roger Wolfe is expected to appear in Kanawha Magistrate Court Friday to answer an assault charge.

That charge dates back to an incident in October between Wolfe and his former stepson, Shane Haynes of Nitro.

According to the complaint filed in the case, Dunbar police were called to a tobacco store and gas station at 2201 Fairlawn Avenue in Dunbar on Sunday, Oct. 14, and were told one of the men had threatened to use a gun.

The police report states that when officers arrived, Wolfe was outside the store screaming and yelling, "I've had enough of this shit and I'm going to take care of him."

He was handcuffed and patted down. In a front pants pocket he had a loaded Titan .25 caliber semi automatic pistol.

Police said Wolfe did not have a concealed weapons permit in his possession. The gun was loaded with a bullet in the chamber and several in the clip, the complaint said.

Haynes told the officers he and his mother had stopped at the store when Wolfe walked in. Wolfe told the cashier to call police and said he was going to his car to get his gun.

According to Wolfe's statement to police, the two men exchanged heated words and profanities inside the store.

The complaint says Haynes asked the cashier to hide him, because he feared Wolfe would shoot him. The cashier let him hide in a small room until officers arrived.

Wolfe was taken to his Dunbar home, where he did produce a permit for the weapon.

Magistrate Kim Aaron arraigned Wolfe. The misdemeanor assault charges carries a possible penalty of up to six months in jail and a $100 fine.

Wolfe was mayor of Dunbar from 2005 to 2008. Several members of city council filed a lawsuit against him, contending he turned in mileage and expense requests that were not authorized.

A panel appointed by the West Virginia Supreme Court ordered him removed from office for violating municipal and state laws, and he was ordered to pay $26,000 in fines.

Wolfe has continued to fight that decision, saying he refused to pay the fines. The West Virginia Ethics Commission has sued Wolfe in an attempt to collect the fines, plus penalties. Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at or 304-348-4832.  


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