UPDATE: Parkersburg councilman pleads guilty to charge from July incident

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Update: 12/6/2017 11:55 A.M.

Parkersburg Councilman Eric Barber pleads guilty to disorderly conduct after police say he tried to photograph a victim being treated in an emergency.

Barber, was accused back in July of recording and harassing an individual, and later arguing with police officers who responded to a medical emergency on 13th street.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wood County Magistrate Court. An obstruction charge against Barber was dismissed by Magistrate Judy Purkey. He was fined for court costs related to the case.


UPDATE: 7/20/2017 , 2:20 P.M.

A petition to remove Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber from his position has been set in motion by some members in the community.

Belpre Police Chief Terry Williams confirms that Barber has an open case there, due to a drug charge from 2012. He also says Barber was issued a bench warrant for not appearing for his court date.

Public records from Wood County Circuit court show Barber also served time in prison from 1999 to 2006.

City Clerk, Connie Shaffer says a person’s criminal background check is not a part of the process when a person submits to run for city council in Parkersburg. Shaffer also says, as of Thursday morning, she has not received the petition with signatures to remove Barber from office.


UPDATE: 7/18/2017, 6:22 P.M.

Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber was arrested and faces charges after filming and harassing a victim and his family during a medical emergency.

Parkersburg Police chief Joseph Martin says officers were called to 902 13th Street to assist in a medical emergency.

Martin says shortly after officers arrived on scene, they found Parkersburg City Councilmen Eric Barber was attempting to take video and pictures of the victim who was being treated.

The criminal complaint states Barber was screaming profanity and inappropriate comments at the victim and his family.

The victim’s family members say they, and officers, repeatedly asked Barber to stop recording and leave the scene.

Anne Walker, the victim’s sister-in-law, says,

"The cops were telling him to... there was so much commotion. The cops were trying to tell him to calm down and get out the way, and to not interfere. And the next thing I know, I see my neighbor go up this way and cops going after him and tackling him.”

Barber was arrested and is charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing.

He was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and released on a personal recognizance bond.

Chief Martin says Barber later came into the police station to apologize and express his regrets for the incident.

And the Vice President of Parkersburg City Council says he doesn't believe these charges will affect Barber’s position on City Council.


ORIGINAL STORY: 7/18/2017, 1:21 P.M.

A Parkersburg City Councilman faces charges after he was arrested Monday by Parkersburg Police officers, for disobeying officers’ orders.

Parkersburg Police chief Joseph Martin says on Monday night, officers were responding to a medical-related incident at 902 13th Street, which had nothing to do with Barber.

Barber was trying to take video of the scene and was screaming.

According to Martin, police officers repeatedly asked Barber to stop recording and leave the scene.

The situation escalated and Barber was forcibly taken down to the ground.

Barber was arrested and is charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing.

He was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and released on a personal recognizance bond.



 
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