MONAVILLE, W.Va. — A former officer for the Chapmanville Police force was arrested July 29 following an incident which started when he allegedly attempted to pick a fight with neighbors and ended when police say he turned over tables, threw chairs and struck a state trooper in the chest.
Trooper S.M. Thompson, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), reports he responded to an assault call in the Monaville area of Logan County.
Thompson reports he spoke with three victims who alleged Nickie Charles Rodighiero, 45, of Chapmanville had attempted to pick a fight saying he would beat and kill the victims.
Rodighiero allegedly charged one of the victims.
The criminal complaint filed by Thompson states, “The victims then called Logan County 911. At which time, the defendant [Rodighiero] stated he would get all responding officers fired or transferred and alleged that due to his ‘family connections’ he would not get into any trouble with the law.”
Rodighiero was found by police a short ways from the victim’s residence where he allegedly began yelling and quickly moving towards law enforcement with his arms outstretched.
Rodighiero allegedly stated he did not recognize Thompson as law enforcement.
Thompson reports Rodighiero appeared, “…highly impaired and agitated,” and the odor of alcohol was allegedly present in Rodighiero’s breath.
Rodigheiro also allegedly presented blood shot, watery eyes and spoke with slurred speech.
After he was transported to the WVSP Logan Detachment for processing, Rodighiero reportedly became more belligerent eventually making threats of retribution toward Thompson and flipping over a table and throwing chairs.
Rodighiero allegedly struck Senior Trooper J.E. Garren, with the WVSP, in the chest before he had to be forcefully restrained.
Rodighiero is charged with three counts of assault, public intoxication, obstructing or resisting an officer, battery on an officer and assault on an officer.
Bail was set to $10,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]