Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pastor charged with domestic violence on Wife

LAKE WORTH — The pastor of a historic Delray Beach church has been arrested on charges of domestic battery.

Howard Barr, 39, pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 46 S.W. 10th Ave., was booked late Monday night, jail records show.

Barr was released on his own recognizance shortly before 10 Tuesday. He was to have no contact with his wife, Joyce, upon his release, an official said.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report, deputies went to Barr's home around 9:25 p.m. Monday in the Lake Charleston neighborhood west of Lake Worth after Joyce Barr called 911 to say her husband had assaulted her.

Arriving deputies found Howard Barr in the street.

The report said Barr and his wife were arguing when she came home that evening, and as she tried to get out of her Lincoln Navigator, he blocked her exit. Joyce Barr said that as she tried to walk past her husband, he pushed her against the vehicle. She said she ran past him into the street, shouting, "get away from me and don't touch me."

After speaking to Howard Barr, his wife and their son, deputies arrested Barr, the report said.

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