UPDATE 11/17/10 @11:50 a.m..
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings has released a letter responding to an incident at his home that ended in his arrest.
Mason County Sheriff Deputies arrested Billings and his son, Josh, on domestic battery charges Friday night.
In the letter, Billings said, “It is time for our family to make a statement in regard to the terrible incident that occurred at our home on Friday evening, November 12th. It amounts to defending our property and securing safety for those you love and who live there. I, along with my wife, my oldest son and his daughters, were inside of our home.”
Josh, my son, and his wife are separated and he is staying with us. We could see the people outside were his estranged wife and her parents. With excessive pounding on my front door and screaming threats, we did not open our door.
I called the local authorities and advised that someone was trying to break in. I could have chosen to confront the individuals, but with the distress and horrid anger coming from the other side of the door, we stayed inside until the local law enforcement authorities arrived. When the police arrived, one of the persons who had been pounding on our front door refused to leave. He was arrested and taken to jail. The others eventually left.”
We have been scarred by this unfortunate event, but we will move forward and allow the court system to do the job that this country was built upon.
My family and I have been blessed with so much support from individuals in this community, and we want all of you to know how much we appreciate it.”
Billings was appointed Point Pleasant’s Mayor in June 2009 following the resignation of Leonard "Buster" Riffle.
Mayor Brian Billings faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. His son, Josh, 29, was also charged with domestic battery.
Thomas Fisher, 47, of Gallipolis Ferry faces three misdemeanor charges of trespassing, obstructing an officer and battery.
The alleged incident began at the Mayor’s house on Friday.
According to magistrate court documents Billings' daughter-in- law, and her father Thomas Fisher showed up at the house saying one of her children was missing.
Brian Billings and his son, Josh then asked them to leave several times. When they didn't, they called the police.
When police arrived, Mr. Fisher still refused to leave and was arrested after failing to comply with the officer’s orders.
The complaint goes on to say that while Mr. Fisher was still on the ground, after being handcuffed, Josh Billings kicked him in the face.
The complaint also alleges that Mayor Billings spit in his daughter-in-law’s face during the incident.
According to a press release from the Mason County Sheriff's Department, Mayor Brian Billings and his son Josh Billings were arrested Saturday following a fight with family members at the Billing's residence Friday night.
Both men have been released on bail. Deputies say this incident is still under investigation.
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