A candidate running for sheriff of Jackson County was arrested recently for assault.
Christopher Noel Braley, 51, 131 Indian Springs Lane, Given, was charged with a misdemeanor count of assault, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
On Sunday, June 23, the Jackson County 911 Center received a call about a dispute on McGuire Lane in Evans. Deputies C.R. Saltsgaver and C.L. Roush responded to the call and made contact with Braley, who said he was a contractor doing a final inspection with the homeowner at the residence.
According to the complaint, the homeowner went out of town while Braley was doing a roofing job at her residence. She had her neighbor, who is also a contractor keep an eye on the progress of the work. She also asked her neighbor to be present during the final walkthrough.
During the final inspection with the homeowner, the neighbor began to point out problems with Braley’s work and telling the homeowner not to pay him, according to the complaint.
The complaint states that Braley identified himself as a former (Kanawha County) sheriff’s deputy and told the neighbor to get out of his personal space.
The complaint states that Braley allegedly told the neighbor to shut up or he would “knock his teeth down his throat.” Braley allegedly stepped toward the neighbor in a threatening manner, the complaint states.
The alleged victim told officers he wished to seek a restraining order against Braley because he feared further threats, according to the complaint.
Braley denied making the threats. During the investigation, Braley told Saltsgaver that he wanted to ensure that it was noted that the victim made the statement that he was aware Braley intended to run for the office of sheriff, according to the complaint.
Saltsgaver told Braley “his political aspirations would not be taken into account during the investigation, and all individuals are treated with the same standard regardless of position,” the complaint states.