Case against ex-police chief's wife dismissed

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A criminal case against the wife of the former police chief in Carolina Beach has been dismissed, because the plaintiff never showed up to court.

Darlene Younginer was accused of communicating threats and assault of a government official dating back to an incident last November.  Former officer Alicia Lachance accused Younginer of hitting her.

Lachance was the head of Ocean Rescue for the town of Carolina Beach.  She resigned on the same day then-Chief William Younginer retired last year.  In an email to town officials in 2010, Mrs. Younginer claimed that Lachance and her husband were having an affair.

Lachance pursued charges against Mrs. Younginer after she says the ex-chief's wife told her that "I want to strangle you," "I want to beat the hell out of you," and "I want to kill you."  An arrest warrant claimed that Mrs. Younginer hit Lachance on the left arm with enough force to leave swelling and bruising.

The case was due in court Monday, however Lachance did not show up.  Current Carolina Beach Police Chief Kurt Bartley tells that he was subpoenaed to testify along with officers.  Since Lachance wasn't there, the judge dismissed the case.

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