Paden City Holds Special Meeting on Former Chief
Paden City – City Council will hold a special meeting Friday to discuss the city’s former chief of police.
Joseph Richardson was pulled over at 2:19 a.m. Jan. 9 on Route 68 outside the city limits by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department for driving left of center and use of an electronic device by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, according to Wood County Magistrate Court.
Council will deliberate on the matter at 4 p.m. Friday at the city building.
Richardson was suspended by council in October pending the outcome of a domestic violence investigation. He was charged with domestic battery and unlawful restraint and remains free on $10,000 bond.
According to the criminal complaint, State Police arrived to find the house unoccupied, though blood was located on the porch and door. Shortly after, Richardson was pulled over by officers Oct. 11 in Davenport, near Sistersville. Richardson was taken into custody at that time.
The victim, located in the vehicle where Richardson was stopped, told police Richardson had allegedly become violent after an argument at about 11:30 p.m., tackling her to the ground multiple times, slamming her against the bedroom wall and damaging several objects around the home. He allegedly then forced her into the vehicle, where he prevented her escape by driving at a high rate of speed.
The victim said she was overpowered several times while attempting to escape, during which she sustained facial wounds including a cut lip and broken tooth.
The victim’s ex-boyfriend told officers at the scene that he had been contacted by the victim, who was screaming for help, and that Richardson had allegedly been aggressive. A further investigation of the residence found additional blood throughout the home, as well as a large hole in the bedroom wall. Scattered debris indicated a physical altercation.
Sgt. Tim Shreve, who has served on the city police force about three years, is service as the interim police chief.