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Domestic case against commissioner postponed

Published 9:52am Friday, February 22, 2013

The domestic violence case involving Lawrence County Commissioner Les Boggs has been continued another two weeks.

Boggs was scheduled for a pretrial Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court, but the pretrial has been postponed until March 7.

Boggs pleaded not guilty last month to a first-degree misdemeanor count of domestic violence against his wife Tara. A third-degree felony charge of disrupting public service was dismissed at the request of Boggs’ wife.

Judge Richard Schisler was brought in from Scioto County to preside over the case after Municipal Judge O. Clark Collins recused himself.

Ironton-based attorney William Kennedy, is the special prosecutor for the case. Ironton attorney Scott Evans is representing Les Boggs.

Boggs was arrested at his home last month by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. According to the sheriff’s report filed by deputies John Chapman and Tony Williams, Tara Boggs came home and walked in front of the commissioner while he was playing a video game.

“He told her to move and they exchanged some words and she went upstairs,” the report states. “He followed yelling at her. … She states during this time he became violent and grabbed and pulled the back of her hair.”

Les Boggs was booked in the county jail and was released about a half hour later after posting a $1,000 bond through Soward’s Bonding of Chesapeake.

Les Boggs filed for divorce in October and the case remains ongoing in Lawrence County court.

  • Poor Richard

    Fitting behavior for an elected official.

    Too bad, Boggs, but this one act of violence puts you on my NO VOTE list for the future. Given that women are the largest population in Lawrence County, I hope they follow suit.

    “If the numbers we see in domestic violence were applied to terrorism or gang violence, the entire country would be up in arms, and it would be the lead story on the news every night.”
    –Rep. Mark Green, Wisconsin

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