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Smithfield councilman charged in domestic dispute

Posted April 2, 2012

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— A Smithfield Town Council member and his wife were charged Sunday following a domestic dispute at their house, police said Monday.

Police received a 911 call about the dispute at 12 Bradford St. about 5:40 a.m. and found that Charles A. Williams,. 42, and Portia E. Williams, 50, had minor injuries.

Charles Williams was charged with domestic assault on a female. Portia Williams was charged with domestic simple assault.

Charles Williams is also an assistant fire marshal with the Raleigh Fire Department.

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  • robijjjjjj Apr 3, 2012

    All I can say is if you don't know them, don't judge. Really nice individuals.

  • GodSaveUsFromLiberals Apr 3, 2012

    Charles is a good man. If she threw a glass dish at me, I would have pounced on her too!

  • jetset Apr 2, 2012

    Why in the world would you want him to be dismissed from the town council? Domestic problems should not interfere with his abilities serving the Town of Smithfield. It is just unfortunate that this has to be spread over all the newspapers.

  • COPs eye Apr 2, 2012

    Unless one or the other can prove a clear case of self defense, fire them both. We don't need such as them working in any government position.

    REALLY????? They have been charged not convicted and you say fire them...What do you do for a living??? Would you lose your job if you were accused of something without due process of law?

  • eoglane Apr 2, 2012

    Why when a women gets charged it simple assault, But the man is charge with assault on a female. Maybe she should be charged with assault on a male.

  • pedsrndad Apr 2, 2012

    While domestic violence is not a desired situation, don't be so quick to condemn. You don't know what led up to the incident, who started the trouble or really, any details. Both wives as well as husbands have been known to start conflicts, initiate assaults, throw things etc. Don't automatically condemn the man as the aggressor, he may have been defending himself, we just don't know. One or both may have had a really bad day and reacted poorly. Judging without facts never leads to justice.

  • Whatchawannaknofer Apr 2, 2012

    Unless one or the other can prove a clear case of self defense, fire them both. We don't need such as them working in any government position.

  • Fx432 Apr 2, 2012

    And this is one of the "leaders" in Smithfield watching out for what is best for the citizens.