LISBON - Columbiana County Sheriff Ray Stone disputed a recent letter to the editor from a woman who claimed his department failed to respond to her daughter-in-law's request for help.
The letter, which appeared in Wednesday's edition of the Morning Journal, stated the sheriff's office was a "no show" when called about Jodie Quetot being assaulted in the the Save A Lot parking lot in Rogers on May 29.
The alleged assault was over a dispute between Quetot's son and the son of the woman who allegedly attacked her. Stone said he spoke with the deputy who investigated the incident and was told that before the deputy could respond the dispatcher stated that Quetot had driven herself to the hospital and the alleged attacker was transported by ambulance to another hospital home.
"She (the deputy) didn't go to the scene because there was no one there," he said.
The deputy interviewed Quetot and the alleged attacker later the same day, as well others who witnessed the incident. The witness statements and report have been given to the county prosecutor's office to decide whether charges should be filed.
"We took care of it that night. It's not like we did nothing," Stone said.
He said the letter made it appear as if his office failed to respond at all, which is not true. Stone noted there were only two deputies on duty at the time and they were handling a bomb threat at the other end of the county in the Minerva area at the time the call from Rogers came.
"We can't get there as fast as the EMS sometimes. That's not uncommon," Stone said.