Crime

Forsyth dispatcher fired after felony obstruction of police officer charge

A Forsyth police dispatcher was fired Thursday in connection with her arrest by Warner Robins police on a felony obstruction charge, police said.

Valeria Jones Finney, 45, who was a Forsyth police dispatcher for about a year and a half, was fired after an internal police investigation into the July 13 incident in Warner Robins, Forsyth Police Chief Keith Corley said.

The internal investigation found that Finney did obstruct the officer, Corley said. The internal investigation is separate from the criminal proceedings by Warner Robins police and the Houston County District Attorney’s Office, he noted.

Finney is accused of striking Warner Robins police officer Daron Keith Gray in the face and digging her fingernails into his face while she was being arrested at her McArthur Boulevard home, according to a Warner Robins police incident report. She was charged with felony obstruction of an officer, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor trespassing, according to the Warner Robins police arrest report.

Finney’s arrest stems from a domestic disturbance call that dispatched police about 30 minutes earlier, which apparently had been resolved with her husband going to a next-door neighbor’s home, according to the incident report. Police were dispatched to the neighbor’s home after Finney allegedly entered the home uninvited and kicked her husband in the leg and struck him on the head, according to the report.

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