Kentucky Mayor Apologizes for ‘Allegedly’ Punching Editor

By: The Associated Press

(AP) A Kentucky newspaper editor has agreed to drop an assault complaint after a small-town mayor accused of punching him in the face issued a public apology.

Appalachian News-Express editor Jerry Boggs said he wants to put the matter behind him. Pikeville Mayor Frank Justice II publicly apologized Thursday for “the aggravation and duress” that he caused Boggs.

Boggs said in a police complaint that Justice was angry about a newspaper story and confronted him at a sports bar Tuesday night. The article reported that Justice’s business, K.J.C. Restaurant Co. Inc., donated $2,000 to a political group that ran a political attack ad against Pike County Magistrate Chris Harris earlier this year.

Justice attributed the “altercation” to bad judgment on his part and said he’s sorry it happened.

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