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Logan attorney charged after incident with troopers

By Staff reports

CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. -- A Logan County attorney is charged with assault and battery on a police officer after an incident at a pizza restaurant in Chapmanville earlier this week.

Three State Police troopers say Ben F. White, 48, of Chapmanville, made an "obscene gesture" toward them when he walked in Giovanni's Wednesday night, according to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court.

Senior Trooper T.D. Boggs wrote in the complaint that the officers had dealt with White before and knew he had a "disdain for law enforcement" and had previously been "aggressive towards law enforcement."

White was known to carry a weapon, so "to ensure there would not be a confrontation" Boggs asked him to leave, the complaint states.

White refused and became belligerent, yelling and cursing at Boggs, he wrote. White also stepped towards Boggs aggressively, according to the complaint.

"Fearing the defendant was preparing to strike this officer, this officer shoved the defendant away from this officer, and advised the defendant [he] was under arrest," Boggs wrote.

While police tried to arrest him, White pulled away and shoved Boggs, the complaint states.

Boggs is charged with misdemeanor battery on a police officer, assault on a police officer and obstructing. Trooper First Class P.A. Jones and Senior Trooper B.A. Lowe were also at the restaurant, according to the complaint.

White, who could not be reached for comment Friday, recently represented a student who was criminally charged for wearing a National Rifle Association shirt to school. The charges were later dropped.


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