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Domestic battery charge against Shepherd University police chief is dismissed

April 30, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A misdemeanor count of domestic battery filed against Shepherd University's campus police chief in January 2008 after an alleged altercation with his wife was dismissed Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court per the victim's request, according to the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

Grover L. Boyer, 62, of 2202 Whitings Neck Road, has been on leave from his job since the alleged Jan. 6 altercation. He did not return a message left Tuesday at his Berkeley County home.

"As of May 1, he will be officially retired from Shepherd University," school spokesperson Valerie Owens said.

Boyer has been employed with the university for 19 years, Owens said. He was in charge of an eight-officer police department.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Stephens said Tuesday that Boyer's wife, Rebecca, simply did not wish to pursue prosecution of her husband and signed off on the dismissal request granted by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller.

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According to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police, Boyer's wife told an investigating trooper that the altercation began about 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, when she smelled an alcoholic odor coming from her husband. She believed he was intoxicated, according to police.

An argument ensued and police were told that Boyer grabbed her by the hair and then by the arm, according to the complaint. Police reported that Boyer's wife had "several 5- to 6-inch scratch marks" on her arms.

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