French Creek man arrested after domestic disturbance

BUCKHANNON — One French Creek local was arrested following a domestic disturbance on Saturday, March 26.

According to court documentation, West Virginia State Trooper Z. M. Lewis responded to an active domestic disturbance on Alexander Road in French Creek shortly after 5 p.m. While on the phone with Upshur County Comm Center, the victim stated that the defendant, later identified as Doy Richard Horner, age 50 of French Creek, had allegedly struck her in the head and she was currently bleeding.

Upon arriving on scene, Trooper Lewis observed the defendant sitting in a parked vehicle. The defendant claimed that he and the victim were arguing about numerous things. After speaking to the defendant, Trooper Lewis entered the residence and spoke with the victim, who stated that she and the defendant engaged in a verbal disagreement about multiple things. The disturbance, which began as verbal, allegedly turned physical. The victim explained to Trooper Lewis that the defendant allegedly threw an object, appearing to be a metal plaque or trophy, at her forehead.

The criminal complaint stated that Trooper Lewis observed a swollen area on the victim’s forehead, which was still slightly bleeding. Due to visible physical injury, the victim was seen by Upshur County EMS. Trooper Lewis returned to the defendant and placed him under arrest for Domestic Battery.

Horner is currently housed at Tygart Valley Regional Jail with a $10,000 cash only bond.


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