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Felony charge against Boggs dismissed

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- A felony charge of disrupting public service against Lawrence County Commissioner Les Boggs was dismissed Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court. Boggs, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

Boggs, 51, was arrested Monday after sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic dispute call from his home in the Ironton area. He was transported to the Lawrence County Jail and released after posting a $1,000 bond on the misdemeanor charge. The felony charge of disrupting service was added prior to a court appearance Thursday.

William Kennedy, an Ironton lawyer named as special prosecutor in the case, said during the court hearing that Boggs' wife asked for the felony charge to be dismissed.

Special Municipal Judge Richard Schisler of Scioto County set a pretrial on the domestic violence charge for 10 a.m. Feb. 21.

Schisler also approved a temporary protection order requiring Boggs and his wife to stay away from each other.

"We're very pleased the felony charge was dismissed," said Scott Evans, an Ironton lawyer representing Boggs. Evans declined to comment about the pending domestic violence case.

Boggs filed for divorce on Oct. 29. That case is pending in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Deputies responding to a 911 call were told by Boggs' wife that she had been assaulted. Boggs pleaded innocent to the charge Thursday.

Boggs was re-elected to a second four-year term as commissioner last November.

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