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Paden City Police Chief Arrested in Domestic Case

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West Virginia State Police have arrested Paden City Police Chief Joseph Richardson on charges of domestic battery and driving under the influence.

Media outlets report Richardson was arrested Monday. He was booked into the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville and later released.

Paden City Mayor John Hopkins says Richardson has been suspended pending an investigation. Hopkins declined to disclose details of the case. He says the City Council plans to hold a special meeting on Thursday.

Richardson took over as police chief after Michael D. Kelly resigned for health reasons in July.

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


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