New Bern Police Chief Frank Palombo says a criminal summons was issued on Tuesday for Mayor Lee Bettis. The 46-year-old faces misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and disorderly conduct.
The charges stem from a June 16 incident at a YMCA pool. WITN-TV reports that Bettis and a woman argued over whether she was bumping into the mayor's wife.
The woman says Bettis shook her, but he told the TV station he never touched her.
"I don't know what happened, officer. One minute she's standing there yapping at me, the next minute she's shaking like a leaf. Maybe it's epilepsy."
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