FLETCHER, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a dispute over leadershipat a church in western North Carolina turned from angry words tofist fights.
About 30 police officers from five agencies were called to breakup fights Sunday at Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Fletcher,about 94 miles west of Charlotte.
Henderson County Sheriff's Capt. Jerry Rice says the brawl isunder investigation and no one appears to have been seriously hurt.Rice says there were about 75 people at the church when policearrived, but not all of them were scuffling.
Church members are divided over the recent ouster of the Rev.LeVonia Ray as pastor of the church. The fighting apparently beganover whether a vote should be held to reinstate him.
No charges have been filed.
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