Pratt mayor's wife accused of violating order
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Norma Fields, the wife of Pratt Mayor Gary Fields, has been arrested on charges that she violated a protective order filed against her by a town employee.
Sgt. D.J. Waller, of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, was dispatched to the Pratt Municipal Building on Tuesday to investigate the claim of a personal safety order violation.
Kathy Fisher, town clerk, said she obtained the order on Set. 26 and it was to be in effect until Oct. 30 when a hearing was scheduled, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
Fisher said she was in her office when Norma Fields, 56, came to ask about a city fee and then began discussing the personal safety order. Fields left but then returned and yelled at Fisher through a mail slot in the office door, said Humphreys, who added a contractor witnessed the incident.
Waller obtained a warrant for Fields and arrested her at her residence in Pratt on charges of violation of the personal safety order. She was taken to South Central Regional Jail and bond was set at $2,500 surety or 10 percent cash.
Mayor Gary Fields, 66, said Wednesday morning that the scenario stems from a call he received on his cell phone from Fisher at 10:30 p.m. on a Friday when he was at a Kanawha City restaurant with his wife. He said he did not know why Fisher called but added his wife confronted her about it over the phone and tempers flared.
He said his wife went to see Fisher the next morning to offer an apology but the clerk did not want to hear it.
Contacted at her office on Wednesday morning, Fisher said she had called the mayor about some facebook posts and was home with her husband at the time. She said she was too busy working to talk at the time Norma Fields arrived at her office wanting to apologize the next morning.
"I was busy," she said. "I have nothing to say to her."
Fisher said she is juggling several jobs, including town clerk, assistant judge and office manager of the water company.
She said her duties have increased because of the mayor's earlier problems.
The mayor refused a unanimous request on Sept. 30 from council members to step down. He said he first wanted to see through some projects, including upgrades to the town's water and sewer systems.
State police allege the mayor had illegal prescription painkillers when he was stopped in a city-owned police cruiser in August. Council members later took away his vehicle privileges. Fields told reporters the pills belonged to his wife but he should not have had them in his possession.
In a criminal complaint the arresting officer said Fields told him he got the roxycodone pills from a friend.
A summons was issued charging him with a single misdemeanor simple possession.
Meanwhile, Norma Fields was arrested previously in February of 2011 for allegedly swinging a metal cane at Mayor Fields outside their home. She was charged in that incident with domestic battery.
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