Police say man harassed animal control officer

Dispute was over dog

BUCKHANNON — A man allegedly upset after his dog was taken to the pound has been arrested for making harassing phone calls.

Cody N. Simmons, 22, of Elkins, was arrested for the misdemeanor this week for calls allegedly made Dec. 1, 2016 towards animal control officer Dustin Hollen with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

Simmons allegedly called Hollen’s cell phone and cursed and threatened him for taking his dog to the pound after it allegedly killed chickens at a residence on the Gettout Road, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Simmons “called numerous times wanting victim to come to his house and [Simmons] would take matters into his own hands and fight him,” the criminal complaint stated.

Cpl. Rodney Rolenson is the investigating officer.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $5,000.

If convicted, Simmons faces confinement in jail for up to six months and/or a fine not to exceed $500.

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