North Bend mayor arrested

April 3, 2013

By Michele Mihalovich

North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing was arrested March 26 on allegations that he struck his wife with a golf club March 24.

Sgt. Cindi West, of the King County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies responded to Hearing’s home after he called police about 5:30 p.m. March 26 to say his wife was “tormenting him.”

West said Hearing and his wife were at home, and while speaking with deputies, Hearing said he struck his wife with a five iron during an argument three nights before.

While deputies investigated, Hearing attended a City Council workstudy session from 7-9:40 p.m.

West said Hearing was arrested shortly after the council workstudy and booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

According to jail records, Hearing, 62, was released at 2:01 p.m. March 27.

Charges have not been filed with the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Hearing did not respond to a call from the Star asking for a comment, but he did send an email with the following statement: “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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