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New Castle police chief charged with felony menacing, placed on administrative leave

In this 2016 Post Independent file photo, New Castle Police Chief Tony Pagni pulls open one of the evidence lockers in the police headquarters.
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New Castle Police Chief Tony Pagni was placed on administrative leave following his Saturday arrest on one felony and two misdemeanors.

Pagni was booked Saturday into the Garfield County Jail on a charge of menacing (aggravated-weapon), a felony. He is also charged with two misdemeanors: prohibited use of weapons and harassment (strikes, shoves, kicks), according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s inmate roster Saturday.



Pagni was later released on a personal recognizance bond, and is due in District Court on Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement released Saturday, New Castle Town Administrator Dave Reynolds said Pagni was placed on administrative leave “following an incident that occurred Friday evening.”



Reynolds said in an email that Pagni was arrested outside of New Castle town limits in a “collaborative effort between the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department with aid from the New Castle police,” but that no further information would be released at this time.

Pagni was appointed chief in 2014 after serving in the role on an interim basis for six months.


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