Councilman arrested for second time

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 5, 2011

CHESAPEAKE — A Chesapeake Village Councilman is facing a second round of charges following a complaint made by his wife of 17 years.

William Scott Taylor, 43, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. May 30, at his home on Second Avenue after his wife, Julie, contacted the village police alleging her husband had held her down against her will.

The alleged incident happened around 6 p.m. when Julie Taylor, 36, arrived home to find two adult women “fleeing from my house,” Taylor states in her handwritten affidavit filed with the village police report.

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“After questioning my husband, he first said no one was in the house, then that they had entered my home on their own,” according to the affidavit. “He then physically restrained me and I was yelling for the assistance of my son, who was outside on the porch. After a couple of minutes he released me and I went outside and called the police to come.”

Sgt. Julian Coleman and Assistant Police Chief Brad Layman of the village police arrived with a deputy from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Police Chief Dennis Gibson said.

Taylor was arrested without incident and taken to the county jail in Ironton. He bonded out the next day, according to jail records.

After the arrest, Julie Taylor called the village police a second time that night saying she found a marijuana cigarette on the backyard grill, Gibson said. The assistant police chief responded.

“I took pictures of the marijuana which was rolled up and placed on the grill outside the back of the house,” according to Layman’s statement. “I placed it in an evidence bag.”

Taylor now faces one count of domestic violence and a citation for possession of marijuana.

On April 17, Taylor was arrested by sheriff’s deputies after neighbors complained that he had spoken multiple obscenities to them, threatened to kick pets and made an obscene gesture. At that time, deputies reported that Taylor became belligerent, allegedly tried to tear down his porch light and began screaming.

When deputies attempted to arrest him, Taylor kicked off his prosthetic leg and he was carried to the patrol car and later to jail, according to the sheriff’s report. There he was charged with disorderly conduct, menacing, criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.

After that incident Taylor said his civil rights had been violated and that he planned to make a complaint to the Cincinnati division of the FBI.

A call was made to the cell phone of Taylor, but a voice message said it was temporarily not in service.

The village police chief said he has received complaints from some members of the community about these arrests.

“I would like for the public to know it is unfortunate that this happened,” Gibson said. “But I was appointed as chief of police to uphold the law in Chesapeake, regardless of whether it is a citizen or an elected official.”

Taylor faces a pretrial on all charges on June 10 in Lawrence County Municipal Court and a trial on the charges stemming from the April 17 incident on June 24.