Chief Walls of Man PD breaks up fight, arrests one

A Lorado man was arrested Aug. 4 after the Chief of Police in Man came upon a physical altercation.

Chief Walls was on patrol in Man when we witnessed a fight near Elliot’s Custom Graphics. Upon arrival on the scene, Walls found two men on the ground fist fighting, and, after separating the two, Walls reports, Samuel L. Smith, 32, of Lorado, was holding a knife. The knife was later found to belong to the Smith’s victim.

Walls was able to gather witness statements advising that Smith came to the location where the victim was working and started an argument. Witness also reportedly stated Smith struck the victim first and that the victim was defending himself from Smith’s attacks.

While searching Smith’s vehicle, Walls reportedly located a loaded handgun wrapped in a shirt on the center console.

Smith is charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and battery, brandishing a dangerous weapon and concealing a dangerous weapon. If Smith is found guilty, he could be forced to spend up to 3.5 years in state correctional facility and pay up to $2,600 in fines. Bond was set to $3,500, and, on Aug. 4, Smith was able to post bond and is free pending trial.

• A Logan resident was arrested recently on charges that he urinated in public.

On Aug. 18, Patrolman Jacob Miller with the Logan Police Department reports he received a complaint of an intoxicated male urinating in the parking lot of a church on Stratton Street. Upon arrival, Miller reports he spoke with a witness who advised him they had seen the defendant urinating on a vehicle.

The witness was reportedly able to point out, Claude Hall, 59, of Logan, to Miller as the man they had witnessed urinating.

Miller reports Hall had trouble complying with several of his verbal commands. Miller also reports Hall emanated a smell of alcohol and he exhibited bloodshot, glassy eyes and slurred speech.

The criminal complaint filed by Miller states, “The defendant told me that he was drunk and was trying to walk home.”

Hall is charged with misdemeanor counts of public intoxication, obstructing an officer and indecent exposure. If Hall is found guilty on all counts, he could be forced to spend up to 1.25 years in state correctional facility and pay up to $850 in fines. Bond was set to $2,500.

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Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

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