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Boggs says he is not guilty

Lawrence County Commissioner Les Boggs pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges in Ironton Municipal Court Thursday morning in front of special judge Richard Schisler, former Portsmouth Municipal Court judge, who was appointed to the case.

On Nov. 4, Boggs allegedly got into an argument with a woman living at his residence at which point he allegedly grabbed the suspect’s arm, pushed her on the bed and attempted to choke her. When the suspect reported her complaint, she said Boggs allegedly backhanded her in the face and threw her phone into a pond in front of the residence.

Boggs is charged with the first-degree misdemeanor of domestic violence and criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Schisler set bond at $5,000 for the domestic violence and $2,000 for criminal damaging.

Boggs’ pretrial was set for Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. in front of Schisler.