Man complains to county about sheriff's behavior

October 22, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A local landowner complained to the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday about the way Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober acted when he and his wife came on his property last month in response to a call about gunshots being fired.

Gary Willis, who owns a farm along North Childs Road, said a man who identified himself as "Sheriff Boober" and a woman identifying herself as "Judge Boober" came to his farm Sept. 18 and said they had received about five phone calls from people about shots being fired on North Childs Road.

Boober is married to Jefferson County Magistrate Gail Boober.

The man was not wearing a uniform, said Willis, of Inwood, W.Va.

Willis said the man and woman would not let his son go to a building to prove that he had permits for hunting.


West Virginia State Police and 911 officials later confirmed that everything was legal, Willis said.

Willis said he called Boober recently and asked him for an apology and Boober said he did not have to apologize.

"This was so arrogant," Willis told the commissioners.

Commission President Al Hooper said he was not sure what the commissioners could do.

Boober, contacted by phone after the meeting, said he acted professionally when he went to the man's property.

Boober said the incident began about 9 p.m., when a neighbor called him at home about gunshots in the area. Boober said he and his wife met three people on the property and one of them identified himself as the owner's son.

Boober said after he confirmed with other authorities that the people had permission to hunt, he and his wife left.

"I was doing my job," Boober said.

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