STATESVILLE, NC - Our news partner, WSIC News, is following a developing story surrounding accusations about an interaction between two Statesville City Councilmen ahead of Monday night’s budget vote.
According to a courthouse staffer, West faces one count of misdemeanor assault and battery and one count of misdemeanor communicating threats, WSIC News reports.
An attorney for Councilman Jarrod Phifer says his client suffered a broken knee and a sprained thumb during a physical altercation that took place during a closed door meeting yesterday.
Attorney Todd Hollis. A call to Mr. West for comment has not been returned. The City of Statesville had no comment on the situation. It’s unclear at this time if the charges were issued via the Statesville Police Department or the magistrate’s office.
The situation is said to have arose over disagreements about the location of a splash pad which was approved as part of last night’s budget. Jap Johnson voted against the budget, Roy West abstained which counts as a vote in favor. Mr. Phifer was not present for the vote.