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Friday, December 5, 2008

[GA] Officer Wood wife battery, child cruelty, and theft charges

...Wood was placed on administrative leave pending investigation after police became aware of the incident on Nov. 25, and he was placed on five days leave pending termination following his arrest...

MACON POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED ON DOMESTIC CHARGE
Macon Telegraph, GA
By Amy Leigh Womack - awomack@macon.com
Wednesday, Dec. 03, 2008
A Macon police officer is on five days administrative leave pending termination after being arrested Friday. Dennis Benjamin Wood, 31, of Gray, has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to children, misdemeanor theft and family violence-related simple battery, according to Bibb County jail records. The Medical Center of Central Georgia police responded to a medical office at 770 Pine St. in reference to a domestic problem on the afternoon of Nov. 25, according to a police report released Tuesday. Wood’s wife said the two had argued after Wood allegedly took her cell phone and refused to return it. He also pushed her against a wall to keep her from getting the phone, according to the report. Responding officers said there was a red mark on Wood’s wife’s arm after the incident, but she refused medical attention. Their child witnessed the argument, prompting the cruelty charge, according to the report. Wood was arrested Friday morning and was released on $4,700 bond later Friday, according to jail records. Macon Police Chief Mike Burns said Wood was placed on administrative leave pending investigation after police became aware of the incident on Nov. 25, and he was placed on five days leave pending termination following his arrest. During the five days, Wood has the option to appeal his case, Burns said. Wood was hired by the Macon Police Department on Jan. 29, 2007, and has worked as a patrol officer, Burns said. [LINK]

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