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North Bend mayor arrested for allegedly attacking wife with golf club

North bendNORTH BEND, Wash. — North Bend’s mayor was arrested Tuesday night following allegations that he hit his wife, King County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.

According to the Seattle P.I., Kenneth G. Hearing was arrested after allegedly attacking his wife with a golf club. Hearing allegedly called King County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday to report that his wife was “tormenting him.” Deputies arrived at Hearing’s home, and Hearing allegedly admitted to hitting his wife during an argument three nights before. Hearing’s wife said the North Bend mayor hit her with a 5-iron golf club, but she was not seriously injured.

The P.I. reported that Hearing was booked into jail and later released Wednesday. He is suspected of fourth-degree assault.

Hearing is in his third term as North Bend’s mayor. The town has more than 5,500 residents, according to the 2010 census.

Hearing released a statement Thursday, saying:

“I want to thank the many citizens who have contacted me in support. I believe in the judicial process and I would ask that people allow this process to unfold. I have been grateful to serve the City of North Bend since 2004 and care deeply about our city. I want to assure the citizens that this matter will have no impact on City business.

I would ask that you respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time.”

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9 comments

  • Pal Joey

    I feel very sad for Ken and Mrs. Hearing. All of us have domestic quarrels. But they should not result in violence. I was surprised that Ken lost control of himself. But, it should be noted that he was the one who called the Sheriff's office because of his being "tormented". It was after the deputy arrived that Ken Hearing voluntarily admitted to striking his wife. Although I agree that his position as mayor may be a thing of the past I do not believe it is fair to Ken or to the city of North Bend to boycott one of the few businesses in our town. Rather than the cheap shots already fired by those inclined to knee jerk reactions my hope is that there will be a reconciliation not only between Ken & his wife but between all of us and our mayor. I also hope that he will at least complete the rest of his term as Mayor of North Bend.

    It's time for lunch and I'm on my way to the Dairy Freeze for a cheeseburger, fries and a coke.

    Best of Luck, Ken.

  • Mike

    I wonder if the Mayors private council "advised" him to call the sheriff? I sense this is the Mayors attempt at damage control.
    Regardless of the outcome it is time for a new mayor and city council that is more "in tune" with current business and public issues and less concerned about their personal agendas.