BELLAIRE - Belmont County Commissioner Matt D. Coffland and his son, Matt B. Coffland, appeared in Eastern and Western Division Court Tuesday. They appeared before Judge James Peters of Monroe County.
Thomas A. Hampton served as special prosecutor. Pat Cassidy represented Matt D. Coffland.
In Western Division Court, the elder Coffland participated in an initial appearance. He faces charges of assault on a peace officer, a felony of fourth degree, and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct leading to his arrest at Jamboree In The Hills.
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BELMONT COUNTY Commissioner Matt D. Coffland and his son, Matt B. Coffland, appeared in court Tuesday. They face charges of obstructing a liquor investigation. The elder Coffland, pictured with defense attorney Pat Cassidy, also faces charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
It is alleged he threw a bottle at an officer. A preliminary hearing will be set.
In Eastern Division Court, the Cofflands participated in a pre-trial conference. They face three misdemeanour charges of obstruction of a liquor control agent, hindering the discovery of a crime, and obstructing a public official. The charges stem from an incident April 1, where it is alleged they interfered with an investigation into identifications at their pub in Shadyside. Pre-trial hearings will be held for the Cofflands. A date has not been set.
The elder Coffland's bond of $5,175 from the assault case was continued on the condition that he refrain from consuming or possessing alcohol or entering any establishment that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises, with the exception of his Shadyside establishment.
Hampton noted this was standard for any case where alcohol is involved.
DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank @timesleaderonline.com