JASPER COUNTY — One man was arrested Friday and another on Saturday on domestic battery charges in two separate incidents over the weekend. On Friday, Michael R. Clark, 33, of Wheatfield, was arrested by Jasper County Sheriff’s office after an incident that evening where he was allegedly pushing a female in a residence south of Wheatfield. On Saturday, July 6, Jason J. Elliott, 46, of Medaryville, was arrested after an altercation took place in a residence13 ½ miles northeast of Rensselaer, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
In the late evening hours on Friday, July 5, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department was contacted regarding a domestic disturbance at a residence 3 ½ miles south of Wheatfield. Deputies spoke with a witness on the scene who told officers she had heard yelling coming from inside the home. She said she looked in a window and saw Clark standing over the victim while the victim was picking up items from the floor. Officers spoke with the victim, who told them Clark was pushing her. During this time, there were two children in the home as well.
While deputies spoke with the witness on scene, Clark continued to yell, according to the release. He continued to do so even when warned to stop. His behavior caused other nearby residents to come out to see what was going on.
Clark was taken into custody, transported to the Jasper County Detention Center and incarcerated for the following charges: Domestic battery-in the presence of a minor, a Level 6 felony, and disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.
On Saturday, July 6, Jasper County Deputies were sent to a rural residence with the report of a physical disturbance that had occurred at a residence between a victim and Elliott of Medaryville.
Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies reported the incident began with a verbal altercation between the alleged victim and Elliott. The incident became physical according to the release, when the victim attempted to bring a kennel into the residence and Elliott pushed back on the kennel causing the victim to trip on a coffee table and fall to the floor.
Officers reported the victim had fresh cuts and scrapes to her legs and redness to her stomach that was consistent with her and the minor child’s account of what had occurred.
Elliott was taken into custody and transported to the Jasper County Detention Center and incarcerated for the following offense: Domestic battery-in the presence of a child, which is a Level 6 felony.
Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.