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COUNCIL AIDE SUSPENDED AFTER ARREST IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT

Michael A. Williams, former Common Council chief of staff, has been suspended from his city job after a weekend domestic incident, Council President James W. Pitts said Monday.

Pitts said he was sending a letter to Council members informing them that Williams, 38, of Lemon Street, will be suspended without pay for 30 days from his current job as a Council aide while officials evaluate his job status.

"There's a real concern about Mike and his ability to do his job," Pitts said. "Obviously, he's had some problems and run-ins in the past, too."

Williams was arrested Sunday afternoon at his home on charges of third-degree menacing, a misdemeanor, and a violation count of harassment.

He is accused of harassing and threatening his wife, Michele, with physical injury during domestic disputes Sunday and last Wednesday.

Pitts said he sent an aide to court Monday in an effort to locate Williams and had spoken with Williams' wife.

"We can't find Mike. We're trying to find him," Pitts said.

In January 1998, Williams was charged with assault and harassment after authorities said he attacked Darryl Harper, his brother-in-law, on Lemon Street.

Williams described the incident as "a family squabble."

The disposition of those charges could not be immediately ascertained.

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