How Has He Been Able to Keep His
AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF CALM, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Fire Department is back in the news today with a battalion chief having been suspended for a criminal assault against his former girlfriend.
Batt. Chief Washabaugh
(Tribune-Review file photo)
James Washabaugh, 54, is accused of showing up at his ex-girlfriend's apartment early Saturday morning and wakening her up while yelling a stream of obscenities before spitting on her and slamming her into a corner causing her to fall to the floor. The complaint states that when she got back up, he pushed her back down to the floor again.
KDKA-TV has filed this video report:
Washabaugh has been in trouble before when in 2008 he was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. He has been in the fire department for 26 years.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette adds:
City Fire Chief Darryl Jones confirmed Saturday that Chief Washabaugh has been suspended without pay, pending an inquiry by an internal disciplinary board.
"I'm upset and I thought that this was something that was behind him," Chief Jones said Saturday night.
Read the full story in the Post-Gazette HERE.
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