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Parkersburg man continues to battle in court over beating of Cedar Falls cop

This news story was published on March 17, 2015.
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WATERLOO – A Parkersburg man who was shot after he allegedly attacked a Cedar Falls police officer on Christmas morning, 2013, continues to battle charges in court, with at least his seventh trial date being set.

Zachary Lee Church, age 28 of Parkersburg, has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony assault against a peace officer, felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and operating while intoxicated. After continuances requested by his lawyers, Church has had trial dates set for April 15th, July 22nd, August 22nd and November 4th, 2014. Trial dates were recently set for January 6, February 24 and now April 7, 2015 with a pre-trial conference scheduled for April 3.

His lawyers this week have filed a motion to separate his charges so they can be tried individually.

According to a report, Church was approached by Cedar Falls police officer Bob Anderson near 2nd Street and Hudson Avenue in Cedar Falls on December 25th, 2013, at about 2:57 AM. The officer observed Church sleeping in his running vehicle at the location, and smelled the aroma of marijuana from the vehicle and alcohol on Church’s person.

During the subsequent investigation, Church – who is listed as about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 270 lbs. – began to assault officer Anderson, striking him repeatedly about the face and head, and knocking him to the ground. The assault continued until officer Anderson shot Church with his firearm. Officer Anderson suffered cuts, abrasions and swelling to his face due to the assault. Church was hospitalized at Sartori Hospital after he was shot, and then jailed, later posting bond on January 7th.

Church has continued to tour and perform with his music band, Failure of Progress, and cook at Tony’s La Pizzeria in Parkersburg as he awaits trial.


Zachary Lee Church

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