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Gilbert officials mum on assistant chief named in indictment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gilbert city officials do not want to talk about an assistant police chief mentioned by federal prosecutors in their indictment of Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury.

Nathan Glanden is accused of conspiring with Thornsbury to falsely arrest and jail Robert Woodruff, the husband of Thornsbury's former secretary, according to the federal indictment.

A Gilbert City Hall employee said this week that Mayor Vivian Livingood did not want to talk to reporters. Several messages left with Gilbert Police Chief Michael Rasmussen were not returned. Gilbert City Council members Randy Livingood, Sharon Murphy, Jennifer Miller, Curtis Lester and Joe Hatfield did not return voice mails. Glanden, who was working this week, did not return phone messages left at his office and his home.

According to the federal indictment against Thornsbury, Glanden agreed to file an arrest warrant against Woodruff at the judge's behest. Thornsbury believed that Kim Woodruff would restart an extramarital affair with him out of financial necessity if her husband were jailed, federal prosecutors say.

Robert Woodruff had been involved in an altercation at a convenience store in 2012, in which one man tried to hit him and another man pulled a gun, according to the indictment. Those two men were arrested and charged with assault.

However, about a month later, the charges against those two men were dismissed, and Woodruff was charged with assault and battery.

Glanden filed the arrest warrant against Woodruff, even though he had not responded to the altercation, according to the indictment.

The charges against Woodruff were dismissed after he refused to plead guilty and take a deal offering him six months in jail -- which federal prosecutors described as an extreme punishment, even if Woodruff had been guilty.

Before his alleged scheme with Glanden, Thornsbury conspired with West Virginia State Police Trooper Brandon Moore to file a criminal complaint against Woodruff, accusing him of stealing scrap metal from his employer, according to the indictment.

Thornsbury and Moore allegedly knew that the man's employer allowed him to take the scraps. Moore also allegedly gave false testimony to a grand jury about Woodruff in 2009.

Moore, who was named the State Police Trooper of the Year in 2010, is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the State Police's Internal Review Board. He would not comment when reached by phone this week.

Charleston lawyer Mike Callaghan, who represents Robert and Kim Woodruff, has said he will sue the West Virginia Supreme Court (which oversees Thornsbury), the State Police and the city of Gilbert over the allegations in the indictment.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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