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Pastor Charged With Assault

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) _ The senior pastor at Alpharetta First Baptist Church has been charged with simple assault and obstruction of a 911 call after a fight with his wife.

Deacon Jonathan Wilson says Jeff Witcher is on administrative leave with pay until further notice. Witchier has been the leader of the 1,500-member church in metro Atlanta since 2003.

Wilson says the pastor is staying with friends.

Police went to the Witcher home about 1 a.m. Monday because a 911 call was disconnected. A police report says Shelley Witchier said she was asleep when her husband came into the bedroom and began yelling at her.

The report says when police arrived, the 39-year-old Witcher was
standing in the garage next to a vehicle with his wife inside.


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