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Officer arrested for alleged domestic violence

Alex Green • Dec 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

William Windnagel, 56, of the 8000 block of Titus Road in Oak Harbor, remains in jail without bond on one count of domestic violence.

Windnagel was placed on administrative leave after he was charged Sunday with domestic violence, Carroll Township police Chief Jody Hatfield said.

Windnagel is accused of forcefully holding an Oak Harbor woman on a couch at her home, creating red marks on her arms, Ottawa County deputies said.

Hatfield said the alleged victim is Windnagel’s girlfriend. When deputies were called to the woman’s home at about 6 a.m. Sunday, the woman ran outside partially clothed and was crying hysterically, according to a deputy’s report

Carroll police asked Ottawa County deputies to handle the investigation because it involves one of the township’s employees.   The woman told deputies the altercation stemmed from something she posted on Facebook, along the lines of, “You truly don’t know someone ’til they live with you,” according to the report.

The woman told Windnagel about her post, and also she told a friend about Windnagel’s alleged “problem” deputies said.

Deputies have declined to comment about the alleged problem, other than saying the woman confronted Windnagel about the issue after she saw the contents of a USB storage device.

Following that exchange, Windnagel allegedly held the woman down on a couch, demanding she reveal who she talked to about the contents of the USB device.

A deputy’s report on Sunday’s incident was heavily redacted in all places where it would have referred to the contents of the USB drive.

The domestic violence segment of the investigation is already done, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick said, but another segment of Sunday’s incident is still under investigation.

Deputies have sent electronic items to the Toledo Police Department’s crime lab for analysis.

It could be days or weeks before the results from the analysis are returned to Ottawa County, Levorchick said.

Windnagel has been a Carroll Township police officer since 2011, earning about $16.50 an hour as a part-timer.

Hatfield said the incident was unexpected.

“I was very surprised when I heard about it,” Hatfield said. “William was a very dedicated officer and we’ve never had any problems like this in the past”

Hatfield said a disciplinary hearing for Windnagel is pending.

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