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Sunday, January 1, 2012

[WV] Paden Police Chief Billiter pleads guilty to downgraded domestic charge(s) then resigns

...[Chief Michael] Billiter, who was arrested back in September after getting into a fight with his wife and in-laws originally faced three counts of domestic battery. 

But the charges changed to just one count of domestic battery and one count of destruction of property...

[WV] When Paden Police Chief allegedly assaulted his wife and her parents no formal protection order was issued? - When Paden City Police Chief Michael Billiter allegedly assaulted his wife and both of her parents, the law enforcement agencies that responded to the house... Billiter was "ordered" by the judge to stay away from the alleged victims but no formal order of protection appears to have been issued. THAT would have prevented him from keeping his weapons - and operating as chief...

By Philip Stahl
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011
Paden City police chief Michael Billiter has resigned his position as chief following his guilty plea in court last week. This is according to Paden City mayor Bill Fox. Billiter had been on unpaid leave since September when he was arrested for domestic battery, police said. Billiter pleaded guilty last week to one count of domestic battery and one count of destruction of property following a September incident, according to court documents. [LINK]


By Philip Stahl
Friday, Dec. 23, 2011
TYLER COUNTY, W.Va. - Paden City Police Chief Michael Billter pleaded guilty to two charges he faced in Tyler County Magistrate Court Thursday. Billiter, who was arrested back in September after getting into a fight with his wife and in-laws originally faced three counts of domestic battery. But, on Thursday, the charges changed to just one count of domestic battery and one count of destruction of property. Billiter has been on unpaid leave from the Paden City Police Department since the incident in September. Magistrate Mike Griffin sentenced Billiter to six months home confinement for the domestic battery charge, and one year probation for the destruction of property charge. However, should Billiter violate the probation, he will spend 30 days in jail. Special Prosecutor Jason Wharton tells NEWS9, now that Billiter has been convicted of domestic battery; he is prohibited from possessing a firearm. NEWS9 tried to contact the Paden City Mayor’s Office on the matter, but all personnel had left for the Christmas holiday weekend. [LINK]
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  1. AnonymousJune 27, 2012

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  2. I deleted the above comment after I received an email yesterday and here it is with my response:

    "I respectfully request that you remove the comment on this article. It is unrelated to the article and it also violates your 'No cop-hating or victim-hating comments allowed' rule. Thanks in advance."

    Response: "I don't see the post as cop-hating since the person seems to have a problem only with officers they believe to be corrupt or criminals with a badge - which I hope that you also don't care for. I agree to remove it because only some of the people listed have /still have info regarding their legal trouble available on the internet."

    Of the officers listed in the deleted comment two of them do have articles regarding their charges on the internet. I couldn't find disposition of either case.

    Chester Police Officer David Hagburg
    10/14/11 [Excerpts] A distinguished Village of Chester police officer has been charged with drug possession after being found last month at ShopRite in the Town of Wallkill with a hypodermic needle containing heroin, according to court records. Officer David Hagberg, 30, faces charges of seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, as well as possession of a hypodermic needle... Town of Walkill police Chief Robert Hertman said there was a call for a man unconscious in a vehicle...

    Chester Police Officer David Firester
    04/27/10 - [Excerpts] ...Middletown police say [Chester police officer] David Firester, 34, of Middletown, walked up to two girls on Thursday near Academy Avenue Park and exposed his genitals to them. Later that day, police say, Firester exposed himself to two [more] girls... Middletown police confirmed Monday that they charged Firester on Friday with public lewdness and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors... He was a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Office until September 2008... Chester town police Chief Daniel Doellinger said Firester, who currently makes $53,250 per year, has been suspended for 30 days with pay, pending a disciplinary hearing...

  3. AnonymousJune 14, 2014

    Dave Hagberg of the Village of Chester tragically passed away from a heroin overdose.Supposedly he was on probation but their are no indications that he was given probation even though it was part of his plea deal.

  4. AnonymousJune 16, 2014

    What about Village of Chester New York cop John Rafferty who stole from the Police Benevolent Society.8,000.00 embezzled and not a word since Raferty was arrested.Why aren't the Chief of the Village and Town of Chester being fired for all of these cop criminals?

    1. What about Jason Jackler who was fired from the City of Middletown Police Department? He works at the Village of Chester Police as well.


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