On Sept. 3, Mayor Travis Copenhaver and Lloyd “Billy” Lightner were apprehended by State Police. Copenhaver along with Lightner are facing charges of child neglect, conspiracy, assault and burglary. It has been said that this all stemmed from an incident that took place at a home located in Alderson in the month of June, 2021.
Copenhaver and Lightner allegedly approached a woman in her vehicle, opened the door and began to touch her. A man that arrived onto the property was approached by Lightner who got up in the man’s face. Lightner started screaming and cussing the man as the man stated to Lightner and Copenhaver that they were trespassing. The man allegedly stated Copenhaver began to approach the man and he began to feel uncomfortable and called 911.
Lightner and Copenhaver entered the home on the property and went through private belongings and purportedly there was a bed moved away from the wall with urine on it. An extraction of a rifle and compound bow from the home allegedly took place, both rifle and compound bow have since been returned.
It has been reported that both men had a child with them during these alleged events. Copenhaver and Lightner were allegedly accused of entering the property and home without consent.
An update was made public on Sept. 8. Mayor Travis Copenhaver bonded out and was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. This means a Judge allowed the defendant to be released without any deposit or collateral, but a promise had to be made by Copenhaver to appear in court. Copenhaver, under the terms of the bond documents, was awarded permission to leave the state without court approval.
No further updates or information on Lloyd “Billy” Lightner is available at this time.