Law enforcement busy with domestics Thursday

Harry Safewright. Photo for Paul Dunaway not available.

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man who is accused of domestic battery added another charge when he allegedly resisted arrest.
Paul Douglas Dunaway Jr., 30, of Buckhannon, was arrested for domestic battery and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors Thursday night. Deputy Seth Cutright with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at the residence after a neighbor reported hearing the female victim yelling ‘get off me’ and something banging against the wall. Cutright stated he could hear yelling when he arrived. He attempted to talk to the victim who refused to talk to him. However, Cutright stated he could see a red mark on the victim’s neck. Cutright attempted to place Dunaway in handcuffs but Dunaway allegedly refused to give the officer his other arm to be placed into the handcuff.
“This officer then took the defendant to the ground in an attempt to get the defendant in handcuffs,” Cutright wrote in the criminal complaint. “The defendant continued to resist until this officer removed his hand from underneath him and placed him in handcuffs.
After Cpl. Marshall O’Connor from the BPD arrived on scene to assist, O’Connor observed dried blood around the nose of the victim and a place on her neck.
Dunaway was arraigned before Magistrate Mike Coffman who set bond at $10,000. If convicted, Dunaway faces up to 12 months in prison and/or fined not more than $500 for domestic battery and up to one year and/or a fine from $50 to $500 for obstructing an officer. In a separate case Thursday night, Cpl. V.J. Pyles with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded to a domestic within Tenney’s Mobile Home Park. O’Connor had arrived as backup and made contact with the victim. Pyles made contact with Harry Safewright, 65, of Buckhannon, and was advised an argument had taken place between Safewright and his wife, the victim.
Pyles was further advised that Safewright had placed his hands around her throat but had not choked or made her lose consciousness. This officer observed a red mark upon the middle of the neck of the victim. The victim advised that previous domestic related issues had occurred between the two.
“Due to the nature of the call, the act of placing his hands upon the neck of the victim and marks which were evident upon arrival, this officer arrested the defendant for one count of domestic battery,” Pyles stated in the criminal complaint.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $10,000.

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