Hebron man arrested on assault charge

HEBRON — A Hebron man was arrested here Friday on a charge of first-degree assault in connection with a disturbance at the Deshler Bar in Deshler Sunday.

Kyle F. Wolford, 26, was being held on $50,000 bond, with a 10 percent cash provision for bail.

Due to the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Sept. 1, which otherwise would be county court day in Thayer County, the date of Wolford's first appearance there on the charge is to be determined.

First-degree assault is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

According to an affidavit supporting the arrest warrant, Thayer County Deputy Sheriff Jerry Johnson said he had been dispatched to the Deshler Bar Sunday after it was reported that a man had left the bar on a motorcycle following a disturbance there.

Johnson said he and fellow Deputy Sheriff Dean Blincow were westbound on U.S. 136, driving from Hebron toward Deshler to investigate the matter, when they met Wolford riding eastbound on a motorcycle. The officers stopped Wolford and spoke to him since the motorcycle matched the description of the one the reporting party told authorities the suspect had been riding.

Wolford and the alleged victim, Robert Lussman, whom Johnson interviewed later, agreed that they had exchanged words inside the bar after Wolford asked Lussman where he could get a ring like the one Lussman was wearing.

Lussman reportedly told Wolford he could purchase such a ring at the carnival where Lussman worked, and Wolford offered to buy Lussman's. An argument ensued.

The two men's accounts of the physical altercation differed, with Wolford saying Lussman swung at him first and Lussman maintaining he never had swung at Wolford. Witnesses said they had seen Lussman on the ground with Wolford on top of him, punching him.

Following the incident, Lussman was taken to Thayer County Health Services in Hebron with swelling of his left eye and the left side of his face. A CT scan revealed a left-sided nasal bone fracture and a fracture to the inferior wall of the left maxillary sinus.

Judge Michael Burns signed the warrant for Wolford's arrest Monday.




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