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UPDATED: Matthews mayor pro tem resigns following assault charge

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Matthews Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Pata has resigned. Pata was arrested July 24 after a domestic incident on suspicion of assault inflicting serious injury.

The Matthews Police Department tells local media that 54-year-old Pata was arrested on the misdemeanor charge after officers were called to his home.

Police say officers at the scene found a woman who appeared to have injuries stemming from a physical assault. The woman was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening head injuries.

According to jail records, Pata was released from jail Monday.

Wednesday’s Matthews Town Council meeting has been canceled.

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