Alleged disturbance at Altheimer leads to arrest

A report of a disturbance Wednesday afternoon at Altheimer resulted in the arrest of one man who allegedly hit another man in the head with a baseball bat.

Charles Turner, 45, was taken into custody after he was found hiding in his sister’s house at Altheimer, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during as court hearing Friday.

Sheriff’s Department Investigator Sgt. Mickey Buffkin said in a press release that Deputy Terry Wingard was sent to the 100 block of North Division Street at 7:12 p.m. and when he arrived, he found Steve Conic sitting on the ground bleeding from a gash on his head and with a towel wrapped around his head.

Pugh said Conic told deputies he and Turner had been involved in an argument before Turner hit him in the head, then fled the scene.

Buffkin said in the affidavit that Wingard took photographs of the alleged victim’s injuries, then was able to get information that led them to Turner’s location, where he was arrested.

According to the affidavit, Turner refused to give investigators a statement.

Pugh said Turner had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1989, including convictions for breaking and entering, burglary and theft of property.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Turner after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second-degree battery.

Turner was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Turner.