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Felony domestic violence charges filed

Brett L. Zachariah, 43, of 227 S. Main St., Mt. Victory, was charged with two counts of felony domestic violence after an incident Saturday evening near Ridgeway.



Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Kathy Piper of Mt. Victory about 7:15 p.m.

She reported that her son, Dustin Zachariah, 25, and his fiancée, Letitia Scott, 22, both of 7664 County Road 121, Ridgeway, had been assaulted at their address by his father, Brett. The couple then went to Ms. Piper’s address after the incident.

Deputies responded to the Ridgeway address to try to locate Brett. He was not at the residence, so Dustin and Ms. Scott returned to their home.

Dustin told deputies that he and his father had gotten into an argument about removing license plates from a vehicle. Brett allegedly knocked Dustin onto the ground and also ripped an earring from Dustin’s earlobe.

During the altercation, Ms. Scott said she left the room with a young child, and she heard Brett make threats against her as well.  

Deputies reported that Dustin’s face was red and that there was dried blood on his ear.

Brett was observed driving by the residence, and his vehicle was later stopped in the Mt. Victory area with the assistance of deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested and transported to the Logan County Jail.

Well-being check leads to arrest



Danny L. Ellis, 42, of 8867 Township Road 239, Lakeview, was charged with persistent disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing Friday evening.

Deputies responded to his residence about 8:30 p.m. to conduct a well-being check. A friend reportedly had stopped by the home and could not get an answer at the door. The caller also observed a rope hanging from a tree and a stool located underneath.

When deputies responded to the home, they heard noises coming from the garage area. They found Mr. Ellis sitting on the floor and noted that he was highly intoxicated.

When asked if he had any weapons, the defendant said there was a gun on the floor, but deputies did not observe a gun anywhere in sight.

Citing concerns for his well-being, deputies placed Mr. Ellis under arrest. He then became very combative, and reportedly hit his head against a window of the patrol car and made threats to harm deputies.

Once at the Logan County Jail, the defendant would not get out of the patrol car and was placed in a restraint chair.

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