Former police chief charged with assault and battery

J.D. Fadley

J.D. Fadley

Former Mount Jackson police chief J.D. Fadley is facing a charge of assault and battery on a family member after Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies were asked to help Mount Jackson police investigate a disturbance at about 6 p.m. April 27 in the 56900 block of Main Street.

Court documents describe Fadley, 42, of 9937 Orkney Grade, as the estranged husband of the victim, Amanda Fadley, 38, of Mount Jackson.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said there were no injuries requiring medical treatment.

“Deputies responded and interviewed a victim, and she indicated Mr. Fadley had broken her sunglasses and spit in her face,” Dellinger said.

Dellinger said a magistrate judge issued an emergency protective order against Fadley after the incident. A court date has been scheduled for May 21 in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Circuit Court records show that Amanda Fadley filed for divorce on May 1, four days after the incident.

Dellinger said J.D. Fadley was not taken into custody. He was released after being issued a warrant requiring him to appear in court.

Fadley resigned as police chief in mid-February after he was placed under a protective order banning him from having contact with another woman who said she was afraid of him.

The protective order was issued after the woman, Amy Atkison, filed a criminal complaint against Fadley in which she accused him of waving a gun around her and threatening to kill himself.

Atkison, a former investigator with the Strasburg Police Department, also accused Fadley of making unwanted visits to her home while trying to restart a relationship.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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