Marshall County assistant volunteer fire chief arrested

By Stephen McLamb- bio | email

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF)- A volunteer assistant fire chief is arrested on assault charges after he allegedly ran over a man outside the fire station during a training session on Thursday..

Kenneth Jones, the assistant fire chief for the Asbury Volunteer Fire Department, recently worked for the victim, Marlon Banks, at his scrap yard B&B Salvage.

Banks' family members say Jones was fired from the salvage company in December, about the same time he was elected assistant fire chief.

"Got elected in December and took office in January," added Asbury Voluntary Fire Chief Albert Childress.

When Jones made assistant chief, Bank's family members say he made false claims to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management that there was illegal burning going on at Banks' business.

Banks went Thursday night to talk to the chief about it, and that's when family members say Jones used his pickup to knock banks down and run over his legs with his body underneath the vehicle.  Authorities say Banks had to be flown to the hospital for treatment.

Chief Childress says he was not at the fire hall during the incident.  "I'm surprised that this happened, that it went this far, and it's a bad situation," he said.

Banks family members said he had surgery on Friday.

Jones is charged with first degree assault and bail is set at 10,000 dollars.

Asbury Chief Childress says they will meet Sunday to determine Jones future with the department.

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