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McDowell deputies who ignored 911 call are reinstated

WELCH, W.Va. -- Two McDowell County deputies suspended for not responding to a domestic call are returning to work.

Media outlets reported that a civil service board reinstated Deputies Michael Pertee and Timothy Vineyard on Monday.

Board Chairman Philip LaCaria said the board believes the public was ill-served by the deputies but that the Sheriff's Department didn't follow policies when it suspended them.

Sheriff Martin West said the deputies were to return to duty Tuesday.

The deputies were suspended with pay after they didn't respond to a 911 call on May 14 from Donald Lee Baker, 52, of Bradshaw. Baker told dispatchers that Wesley Payne, 54, of War, was threatening him and Payne's former girlfriend.

Payne is accused of shooting Baker dead four days later. He's charged with first-degree murder.


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