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Man suffers broken collarbone, shoulder, leg in assault

Cary Ashby • Apr 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

One of the victims in an assault at the American Legion Club has declined to pursue charges against his suspected attacker.

"He had a black eye on the left side. That was the extent of his injuries," New London Police Sgt. Joe Hicks said. "The older person is pursuing charges while the younger one declined."

The suspected attacker, Ronald D. Ohm, 34, of 160B Williams St., New London, is charged with felonious assault in connection with an incident Friday night. If convicted, he faces two to eight years in prison.

Firelands Ambulance transported the younger victim and his stepfather, a 57-year-old New London Township resident, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with various injuries after an assault at the American Legion Club in New London. Hicks said the older man was treated at the hospital and released just after 4 p.m. Saturday.

"He sustained a broken right collarbone, a broken right shoulder and a broken left lower leg," Hicks said. "The younger victim refused treatment (at the hospital)."

When asked how the older man sustained his injuries, Hicks said the police "report says he was just pushed."

Officer Ken Blackburn was dispatched to the American Legion at 9:42 p.m. Friday.

"We received a call of a bar fight," Hicks said.

Upon arrival, Blackburn found a group of people hanging around the back door of the building.

"One man was standing. The other man was sitting on the ground. Both were bleeding," Hicks said.

The two victims were arguing when Ohm "intervened for some reason," the officer said. It's unknown what started the domestic dispute. Hicks said Ohm only knows the victims as acquaintances.

Within about an hour of the incident Friday, Ohm turned himself into the police station. Jail records indicate corrections officers booked him into the Huron County Jail at 11:20 p.m.

Ohm was released from custody Monday, having posted a $20,000 bond.

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