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Huntersville Commissioner Charged With Assault

Updated at 5:20 p.m. Huntersville Commissioner Ken Lucas is charged with misdemeanor assault against his wife. The incident allegedly occurred Sunday afternoon, and Lucas turned himself in Monday night after a magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest. Huntersville Police Captain Michael Kee says that Lucas's wife reported the incident from the Presbyterian Hospital emergency room in Huntersville. She told officers that Lucas gave her a bloody nose when he pushed her into the wooden arm of piece of furniture. Lucas is in his second term as a Huntersville commissioner. He e-mailed the following statement from his attorney, Allen Brotherton: "The allegations against Ken are not true, as is clearly apparent to everyone familiar with both parties. We appeared in court this morning with a courtroom full of witnesses ready to blow this case out of the water, but Mrs. Lucas was able to convince the judge to postpone the hearing. When we finally get our day in court I have no doubt Ken will be exonerated. "Ken has tried to save his marriage, especially for sake of the children, but obviously Mrs. Lucas has instead decided to divorce. A cynical man would see this as simply another misuse of the domestic violence system as a strategy to gain an unfair advantage in a divorce case." Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain declined to comment, calling it a personal matter.