CHERRYVILLE â€” A former Cherryville police chief was charged Saturday with stalking and communicating threats.
James Chandler Woodard, 59, of 1502 Lincolnton highway allegedly made harassing phone calls and followed Cherryville resident Lori Gillis during the weekend. He also allegedly damaged Gillisâ€™ friendâ€™s car.
Cherryville Police went to Gillisâ€™ residence and took the report Saturday, and Gillis went to the magistrateâ€™s office and took out warrants on Woodard, Cherryville Police Capt. Gary Gold said.
Cherryville Police served the warrants without incident, Gold said.
Woodard was released from Gaston County Jail Saturday on no bond.
Woodard resigned from the post of police chief in June 2002 because of reported frustrations over budget cuts.
A retired State Bureau of Investigations officer, Woodard served as police chief in Cherryville since July 1998.The cityâ€™s current police chief, Woody Burgess, took over in Sept. 2002.