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Judge denies protective order against fire chief

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FRESNO (AP) — A judge has denied a prosecutor’s request to remove Fresno Fire Chief Rob Brown from his home as the domestic violence case against the chief continues.

The Fresno Bee reported Judge David Gottlieb said Tuesday that Brown must continue to attend domestic violence and alcohol counseling.

Brown is charged with several felonies including assault with a deadly weapon and corporal injury to a spouse after a domestic dispute last month.

Prosecutor Lisa Sondergaard told the judge that Brown’s wife, Beth, told law enforcement of other domestic violence incidents with her husband in another state that went unreported.

The family says they’ve attended counseling together and separately.

Sheriff’s officials say the 50-year-old Brown knocked his wife to the ground, choked another family member and had to be pepper-sprayed until deputies responded to a 911 call.


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