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Shepherdstown attorney charged with domestic battery

Paul G. Taylor was accused of striking a woman in the mouth

May 31, 2011

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — A well-known area attorney who ran unsuccessfully for Jefferson County commissioner last year was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery Saturday morning following an incident in his home, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Paul G. Taylor, of 789 Willowdale Drive, was accused of striking a woman in the mouth during an argument as the two were preparing breakfast, according to the charging documents.

West Virginia State Trooper S.R. Smith said he responded to Taylor's home shortly before noon in response to a 911 call from the woman. Taylor was taken into custody and released on $2,000 bond, court records said.

Taylor came in first in a three-way Democratic primary on May 11, 2010, beating incumbent County Commissioner Jim Surkamp and Ruth McQuade, another local attorney.

Taylor lost the general election to Republican Walter Pellish, who also beat independent Edward Dunleavy in that three-way contest in November.

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