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Richmond mayor suspends fire chief over fight

RICHMOND – Richmond’s mayor has suspended the eastern Indiana city’s fire chief for one week after he was charged with disorderly conduct for fighting with a man in a nearby town.

Mayor Sally Hutton said after suspending Richmond Fire Department Chief Mike Crawley on Friday that she did not expect him to face any other action until the case is resolved in the courts.

The Palladium-Item reported that Crawley and Chad King of Centerville were both charged Friday with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for an April 8 fight between the two men in Centerville.

Crawley told police King struck him at least three times, injuring his nose and leaving one of his teeth chipped, while King told authorities Crawley struck him and spit on him during the incident.

Centerville Town Council President Dan Wandersee aid the council has taken no action against Crawley, who’s a fellow council member, and won’t act until the case is handled by the courts.

“I just hope they get this resolved,” he said.

Some Centerville residents who witnessed the run-in between Crawley and King told the Palladium-Item both men threw punches, while others said they didn’t see any punches thrown but that Crawley spit blood at King and told him to leave his wife alone.

Crawley told police King struck him at least three times, leaving him with injuries to his nose and at least one chipped tooth.

King told authorities Crawley struck and spit on him during the incident. Both men face an April 30 initial court appearances on the charges.