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Scuffle at MoPub facility results in charges
by Ivan Foley
Landmark Editor


Charges filed in Platte County Circuit Court accuse a former supervisor with utility company Missouri Public Service (MoPub) of assaulting a MoPub employee.

James A. Craig, 39, of Smithville, is charged with a Class A misdemeanor of assault in the third degree. He is accused of assaulting a MoPub employee, identified in court documents as Leroy Babcock of Platte City, at the MoPub service facility located on Bethel Road east of Platte City.

A Platte County Sheriff's Department report indicates the incident occurred on July 11 at about 9:50 a.m.

According to the sheriff's report, Babcock told authorities that he and Craig were doing paperwork when Craig became angry and made a threatening comment to him. Babcock told authorities that Craig then punched him in the face, shoved him against a wall and began choking him.

The sheriff's report says three witnesses agreed with Babcock's version of events.

After the alleged assault, Babcock went to an attorney's office in Platte City, from where authorities were called and the incident was reported. An ambulance was called to the law office and Babcock was taken to Saint Luke's Northland Hospital for treatment.

He was complaining of shortness of breath, numbness in his hands, pain in the back of his head, pain near his left eye and pain in an elbow, according to authorities.

When a sheriff's deputy arrived at the MoPub office, he was told Craig had left the scene. Craig was eventually found at his residence, where he was read his rights, according to the sheriff's report.

Craig, who is no longer employed with Missouri Public Service, is set to appear in court on the misdemeanor assault charge on Monday, Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. in Platte County Circuit Court Division V.