School board candidate Arch Brooks arrested

Thursday, January 31, 2008 | 8:08 p.m. CST; updated 7:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008
Arch Brooks, a candidate for the Columbia School Board, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of domestic assault.

COLUMBIA — Columbia School Board candidate Arch Brooks was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of third-degree domestic assault.

On Nov. 20, 2007, police responded to a report of an assault at 7000 Buckingham Square. A woman, who said she had been intimately involved with Brooks since March 2007, told investigators Brooks had assaulted her that night. She said he grabbed her by the arms and tried to throw her to the floor, Columbia police Officer Michael Locascio said in a probable cause affidavit. When she did not fall, he struck her in the chest and arms with his fists and knocked her to the ground, she told investigators, according to the affidavit.

Police photographed bruises on her chest and arms, Locascio said in the affidavit. The woman, whom police did not identify, also said Brooks ransacked the apartment and stole a turkey from the kitchen before leaving.

Brooks was arrested at about 12:11 p.m. Wednesday. He was released from the Boone County Jail on $1,000 bond.

On Jan. 24, Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Andrea Hayes filed a charge of third-degree domestic assault against Brooks. She did not file a charge of stealing in connection with the report of the stolen turkey, she said. Hayes said the case for domestic assault was stronger.

The woman told investigators Brooks had assaulted her in the past, but she did not report it, Locascio said in the affidavit.

Brooks is campaigning for a fifth time for a seat on the Columbia School Board.

In an e-mail, Brooks said he would not comment to Missourian reporters.

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