THOMASVILLE — Sheriff’s deputies arrested Pavo’s mayor pro tem, took him away in handcuffs and charged him with battery after he allegedly struck his wife in the face numerous times. He was released on bond but he cannot enter the city until the case has been decided. 

Robert (Bob) Miller was arrested by Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputies Saturday night at his Pavo restaurant.

Miller’s wife, Patricia Miller, accompanied by family members, contacted authorities about 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jail-Justice Center. She had “visible signs of physical abuse” and required family members’ assistance to walk along a hallway and to sit in a chair, a sheriff’s office incident report shows.

Mrs. Miller told deputies that on Tuesday, Feb. 9, she went to bed about 9:30 p.m. after she and her husband had a “heated” discussion. Mr. Miller was drinking alcoholic beverages in another part of the 1103 W. Harris St. residence, the report shows.

The victim said her husband was yelling when he entered her bedroom about 10:30 p.m. and wanted to continue the conversation. She told officers Miller was intoxicated, that he refused to leave the room and pulled her out of bed.

According to the report, Miller, with a closed fist, struck his wife numerous times in the face, left the bedroom and slept on a sofa.

Mrs. Miller, 54, told deputies the incident was not the first time her husband physically abused her. She said she did not call 911 or Pavo police after the Feb. 9 incident because of her spouse’s Pavo City Council position.

Family members persuaded her to contact the sheriff’s office.

Mrs. Miller told deputies she would follow their advice and seek medical attention for her injuries.

Mr. Miller told the Times-Enterprise Tuesday, “Right now I have no comment at this time.”

Thomas County Associate Magistrate R.J. Ramsey denied Miller bond Sunday. “It was presented to him as a felony,” Chief Magistrate Andy Seery explained Tuesday.

On Monday, Seery determined the offense was a misdemeanor and set Miller’s bond at $2,500. Seery said the offense is a misdemeanor, because Miller has no prior family-violence convictions.

A condition of Miller’s bond is that he have no contact with the victim, in addition to staying out of Pavo until the case is disposed of.

Miller, 48, is entering his seventh year on Pavo’s governing body.

Pavo City Council met Monday night in a called closed session to discuss city personnel.

“Because of the situation, we probably will have to restructure our committees, because each councilman has an area of designation they help guide the city in,” Pavo Mayor Faye Walker said Tuesday.

Walker said council committee action is necessary because of Miller being prohibited from entering the city as long as the case is pending.

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