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EMS principal charged with misdemeanor battery

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ELKINS — The principal of Elkins Middle School has been charged with misdemeanor battery after an alleged altercation with a former teacher.

Eric Lucas, 52, of Elkins, is free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond set by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon.

According to the criminal complaint, prepared by Sgt. B.A. Talkington of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, the officer “responded to a call of an altercation at Fordland in Elkins” at about 1 p.m. Nov. 11.

The alleged victim, Dana Losh, a teacher who previously taught at Elkins Middle School, reportedly told police he saw Lucas at the Fordland auto dealership and asked him to come outside to talk. Losh then “pulled out of the bay in his Explorer” and when Lucas approached the vehicle’s window, Losh allegedly called him “the lowest piece of s—- on Earth,” according to the complaint.

Losh said Lucas then “hit him unprovoked two times in the face,” the complaint states.

Lucas, however, told police “they were arguing and (Losh) made a quick motion with his hands. (Lucas) claims that his reaction was to block what he thought was aggression and in doing so he struck (Losh’s) face,” the police report states.

Talkington notes in the report that Losh “had visible red marks on his face and his eye glasses were in the back seat. Pictures were taken of the marks on his face and the location of the glasses.”

Lucas was not at the scene when the officer arrived, and came to the Sheriff’s Office the next day and offered a written statement, Talkington states in the complaint.

The officer also reviewed surveillance video of the incident at Fordland, according to the complaint.

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