Salem man uses baseball bat on people in his yard

SALEM — A West Fourth Street man who called police late Monday night for several people in his front yard attempting to retrieve a cat is now facing two counts of felonious assault for allegedly striking two of the people with a baseball bat.

Jeffrey Jones, 60, appeared in Columbiana County Municipal Court Tuesday on the second-degree felony charges, with a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 28. Bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety and he was ordered to have no contact with the victims, Charles Wellman and Paige Wisbith.

Jones called the police to his residence at 11:58 p.m. Monday about the people in his yard, saying when he told them to leave, threats were made toward him. While en route, officers were told by dispatch that he was attempting to strike the people with a baseball bat.

According to the report, he allegedly walked into his yard with the bat, striking a woman in the head and another male in the ribs. The woman was taken by EMT to St. Elizabeth Hospital, while KLG transported the male to Salem Regional Medical Center.

When officers arrived, Jones was sitting on his front porch with the bat and two injured people were found in the front yard.

Police Chief J.T. Panezott said the injured were expected to be okay.


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