Prosecutor seeks more time to find victim in domestic assault case
LISBON – Dustin Chase, the Minerva police officer accused of assaulting his girlfriend on June 27, appeared Tuesday in Columbiana County Municipal Court.
Assistant County Prosecutor Don Humphrey Jr. requested additional time from Judge Mark Frost, noting attempts to serve a subpoena on the alleged victim, Heather Anderson, remained unsuccessful as of Tuesday morning. Humphrey said he needs to speak with her and other witnesses before going forward with the case.
Both Humphrey and defense attorney Jeff Jakmides noted they had received a duplicate letter from Anderson, although they did not reveal the contents of the letter in court. Jakmides said it was hand-delivered by a young woman to his office and when he realized which case it pertained to, he placed it in the file.
Further, Humphrey and Jakmides assured Frost they are providing each other with all the information available.
A Columbiana County sheriff’s report from the night of the arrest states deputies were called to a home on U.S. Route 30 in East Rochester due to a domestic dispute. Anderson told deputies she had argued with her boyfriend, Chase, and he pushed her down. She struck her head and was knocked out.
Witnesses, including Anderson’s 11-year-old daughter, reportedly confirmed the story for deputies, noting Chase pushed Anderson, she fell down a small flight of stairs and struck her head.
Chase was taken into custody at the Minerva Police Department and charged with assault. Despite the charge, Chase reportedly continues to work as a patrolman for the police department, where he has been employed for the past year.
An additional pretrial hearing was set for 11 a.m. Sept. 3. Jakmides said he has filed a request for a jury trial for the case.