Ex-Martinsburg City Councilman charged with malicious wounding

April 24, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A former Martinsburg city councilman who announced his candidacy for a council at-large seat in February was arrested Thursday after witnesses told police he struck a woman in the head Thursday morning with a wooden club at his business.

Glenville L. Twigg, 62, of 315 Twigg Drive, was charged with a felony count of malicious wounding and later arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra Miller, who set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

In an application for a court-appointed attorney or public defender, Twigg listed his address as 110 Centre St., the location of Twiggy's Subs & Convenience, his business.

The alleged altercation between the woman and Twigg comes a little more than a year after a misdemeanor count of domestic battery was dismissed against Twigg when a man in that case, Allen Starcher, asked Miller to drop the charge filed against him Jan. 25, 2007.


Starcher, who works at Twiggy's, told police Thursday that he saw Twigg strike Tammy Snow in the side and then in the head with the wooden club during an argument at the business.

Police said the back of the woman's head had a "large open wound," and she was treated at City Hospital for the injury, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Twigg admitted in a statement to Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman D.L. English to striking the woman with the club after telling her to leave the store and after she threatened to hurt him.

Statements by both sides indicate the confrontation came about after the woman's son was at the business Thursday, according to court records.

Twigg said in his statement to police that the woman's son was "acting hyper" as if he was under the influence of drugs.

Starcher said he overheard Twigg call the young man and another boy with him "druggies" amid dealing with a problem concerning a food stamp card, according to court records.

After the boys left the store, Twigg said Snow called him and they had an argument before she arrived at the business and the altercation resumed there, according to court records.

The woman said Twigg threw a candy jar at her, then she pushed it back at him and Starcher said the jar was knocked off the counter

Starcher told police that Twigg appeared calm when he walked around the counter and struck the woman in the side, then in the back of the head after she pushed him away.

Twigg said the woman was "yelling and swinging her arms around, then struck his counter with her hand" before he picked up the club and hit the counter and told her to leave his store, according to court records.

After walking around the counter, Twigg said the woman struck him, then he struck her with the club.

At a press conference at his business in February, Twigg announced his decision to run for city council after being defeated four years ago by Frank Idoni after serving 14 years on council, representing wards 4 and 5.

Less than a year after Idoni defeated Twigg by four votes (49 to 45) in June 2004, Idoni resigned after entering a guilty plea to delivery of a controlled substance and entering a no-contest plea to domestic battery in Berkeley County Circuit Court in April 2005.

A subsequent felony charge filed against Idoni is pending in circuit court.

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