A former employee of Gator Logging is accusing owner and Pembroke City Councilman Doug Kangeter of battery following an alleged incident involving a pine limb and a broken nose.
Lewis Rawls of Pembroke filed an incident report Sept. 1 with the Screven County Sheriff’s Department in which Rawls claims Kangeter struck him in the face with a pine limb after a fight with another employee broke out on a logging site in Screven County.
Kangeter, who is seeking re-election to the City Council, said there were several witnesses to the incident and that the allegations are false. He declined to comment further.
According to the report, Rawls had just gotten out of a fight with another employee when Kangeter allegedly picked up a limb and hit Rawls in the face, breaking his nose. The two men then wrestled on the ground before being separated.
Rawls told the News he was later taken to Evans Memorial Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken nose.
Rawls said Thursday he planned to press charges against Kangeter, though none have yet been filed.