Police: North Bend mayor jailed after altercation with wife

Police: North Bend mayor jailed after altercation with wife
Kenneth G. Hearing. Photo: City of North Bend
NORTH BEND, Wash. -- North Bend Mayor Kenneth G. Hearing was arrested Tuesday night on allegations he attacked his wife with a golf club, according to jail records and the King County Sheriff's Office.

King County deputies contracted to police the city arrested Hearing following a report of a domestic violence assault early Sunday morning at his home. Hearing was arrested Tuesday after calling police to report a second incident and was jailed overnight.

Hearing, 62, called 911 on Tuesday evening to report that his wife was "tormenting him," said Sgt. Cindi West, a King County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. Speaking with a call taker, Hearing then stopped mid-sentence and said, "Oh no, here she comes" and hung up.

West said deputies arrived to find Hearing and his wife at the home. Speaking with deputies, Hearing said he struck his wife during an argument three nights before. The woman said that Hearing struck her with a "5 iron." She was not seriously injured in the incident.

Due to those allegations, Hearing was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of assault for the earlier incident. Jail records show Hearing was released later Wednesday; West declined to confirm Hearing's identity.

Hearing is currently serving his third term as the east King County city's mayor.

Calls to the North Bend Mayor's Office were not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon. He is suspected of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.