A Vader city councilor was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife when she took an unspecified amount of money out of their joint savings account.
Court documents state Andy Wilson Jr., 85, got into an argument with his wife, Barbara, 61, early Wednesday morning about the missing money from their account. Barbara said Andy got "'in her face,' and doubled up his fist as if he intended on striking her" and "she feared her husband was going to hit her at that time," according to the documents.
The argument allegedly escalated to the point where Andy threatened to "shoot (Barbara's) (expletive) brains out" if she didn't return the money. Barbara claims Andy then walked to the back bedroom where he kept several of his guns. Court documents state she then grabbed her purse and left the house.
Andy was released on $5,000 bail at his initial pretrial appearance in court Thursday and ordered to stay 50 feet away from his wife. He will still reside in Vader, but at a different residence. The Vader city councilor was also forced to turn in all his firearms to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
His arraignment is set for 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the Lewis County Courthouse. Joseph P. Enbody will represent Andy.
City officials are unsure what this means to his position on the city council.
"I'm not aware of the impact it would have," Vader Mayor Ken Smith said. "We will be in contact with our city attorney to determine the legal ramifications."
About Wilson's alleged crime, the mayor said, "The Vader City Council does not support harassment or abuse."
Andy Wilson's arrest marks the second time a Vader city councilor has been arrested within the last 13 months. Councilor Rodney Allison was pulled over during a traffic stop in November 2009 for driving with a suspended license. An officer also found an unknown crystalline substance somewhere near Allison when he was being booked into the Lewis County Jail. Lab tests identified the substance as methamphetamine.
Allison was charged with being in possession of meth, but the charges were later dropped. Prosecutors determined they could not prove whether the meth was found in a pocket of Allison's clothing or on the floor near him at the jail. The drug charge was dropped due to the lack of a written report from the corrections officer who booked the councilor.
"It does reflect somewhat poorly on our city," said Smith when asked how having two city councilors arrested in just over a year's time affected the image of the city. "But it does not reflect on the character of the majority of our elected officials."