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Father stabs son in argument about beer

Scott Seitz2 • Oct 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

A Collins man is accused of stabbing his adult son in an alcohol-related incident Sunday.

Deputy Chip Deskins and Cpl. Jeff Kerber responded to 2708 Hartland-Center Road at 5:53 p.m. after a report of a domestic dispute and a weapons complaint.

"Upon arrival, deputies found a 56-year-old victim, with a significant knife injury to his arm," Sheriff Dane Howard said.

"During the investigation, deputies did confirm Chester C. Miller, 75, cut his son in the arm," the sheriff added. "The knife would was significant and needed medical attention. The son was transported to Fisher-Titus, where he was later released."

The son reportedly required seven stitches to close the wound.

"There was a fair amount of blood at the scene," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said. "They took a statement from (the son) while he was at the hospital."

Howard assigned Detective Bill Duncan to the case.

Miller was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, which is punishable by two to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.

The sheriff provided details of the altercation.

"According to witnesses, the two men started arguing because there was no beer left in the apartment," Howard said. "The crime scene was quite an undertaking to process."

Howard said there was blood everywhere.

"There were signs of violence throughout the home," he said.

Howard said the son, during the incident, grabbed a larger knife from the kitchen in self-defense.

"There is no evidence that weapon was used," he said.

"The sad part was this was an alcohol-related offense," Howard said. "There was significant alcohol consumed and that was a contributing factor."

Howard said a report will be forwarded to Adult Protective Services.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reporter Cary Ashby contributed to this story.

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