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Pennington Gap mayor allegedly assaults business owner on sidewalk

March 12th, 2014 4:35 pm by Wes Bunch

Pennington Gap mayor allegedly assaults business owner on sidewalk

Pennington Gap Mayor D.R. Carter sets in his office at town hall. Times-News file photo by David Grace.

PENNINGTON GAP — The mayor of Pennington Gap, Va., was charged with assault Tuesday after a Lee County magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest.

Danny Carter, 67, of Pennington Gap, was served a summons by the Lee County Sheriff's Office on a single count of misdemeanor assault. According to a complaint filed Monday afternoon by Howard Hall, the alleged assault occurred that same day on a Pennington Gap street.

Hall, who is the owner of Pullin' Ink in Pennington Gap, also serves as chairman of the town's annual Lee County Tobacco Festival.

Hall claims that Carter "came at me with a stick" while he was on a sidewalk.

Hall went on to accuse Carter of drawing the stick "back over his head like he was going to hit me." Hall also claimed that Carter cursed at him and that the mayor was "close enough to hit me with the stick."

Carter denied Hall's allegations when reached by telephone Wednesday afternoon.

"Nothing he says in there is the truth," Carter said.

Carter declined to provide further comment on the matter.

Because the charge is a misdemeanor, Carter was not taken into custody Tuesday but instead served a summons by a Lee County sheriff's deputy. In Virginia, a deputy may choose to issue a summons on a misdemeanor charge if he believes the suspect will appear as ordered on his hearing date.

Carter's initial appearance in Lee County General District Court on the charge is set for March 26.

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