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Hawesville Mayor Charles King injured in altercation

Hawesville Mayor Charles M. King suffered various injuries after an altercation with Hawesville resident Roy D. Butler. The altercation happened at the Hancock County Career Center on September 19, 2022, after the public hearing concerning the proposed landfill for the county.

The following information is from the arrest warrant—The defendant and the victim, Charles King, were in the exit corridor of the Hancock County Career Center after a public hearing meeting relating to the proposed landfill. While exiting the two men were involved in an antagonistic verbal exchange.

The victim, Charles King, in response to a statement from the defendant regarding the recent hire of a new police Cheif, said a harsh curse word to the defendant.

After verbal exchanges, the defendant pushed or shoved King in the chest with his forearm. Charles King fell backwards from the shove hitting his arm, back and butt against the wall and then onto the tile flooring, The victim was injured as a result of the incident. King declined an offer to call an ambulance on the night of the incident, but the following day was medically treated wherein initial x-rays show no broken bones. King alleges moderate pain and soreness along with scrapes and abrasions. King is eighty-one years of age. The defendant, Roy Butler, is seventy-five years old.

Sheriff’s statement
An interview with the Clarion, Hancock County Sheriff Dale Bozarth who was present during the incident said: “They were arguing over the hiring of the new (police) chief,” Sheriff Bozarth said. “I think that is what they were arguing over. They were talking about a city issue; it had nothing to do with the landfill.”

Bozarth said after the exchange of insults, Butler shoved King. Butler said he responded to King shoving him with his left forearm, but according to Butler’s arrest citation King denies touching Butler. Bozarth himself witnessed the exchange, but said he lacked a clear field of view to the incident.

“From where I was standing, I could not see Charlie’s left forearm, and Roy said that Charlie shoved him with his left forearm,” Bozarth said. “I said, ‘if he did Roy, you didn’t move at all.’”

Bozarth said he talked with other witnesses standing closer to the altercation and with a better view of the two men. No witness said they saw King shove Butler.

“They were close enough they were probably touching,” Bozarth said.

King filed charges against Butler. He was charged with assault fourth degree minor injury. The court set Butler’s bond at $2,000.


1 Comment

  1. Randall Sweeney on September 29, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I would believe Roy D Butler over Charles King every time !

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