VANCEBURG — A Quincy man was arrested following an allegedly violent altercation which took place in Lewis County.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call early Sunday on Vance Creek Road in Quincy. According to Sheriff Johnny Bivens, the initial call stated there were around 10-20 people in the roadway fighting with firearms and machetes.
Bivens was one of the first to arrive on the scene. He found around 10 individuals engaged in a verbal altercation, with threats being made. As Bivens said he understood the situation, the dispute was between two households having parties.
“I think there was a juvenile running back and forth between residences, carrying tales,” Bivens said. “About two weeks ago, one of (the men) had been accused of stealing one of the others’ dog.”
A threat was allegedly made by one homeowner, Steven C. Mashburn II to party goers of the other household, and he fired his gun in the air, believing he was acting in self defense, Bivens said. In a drunken decision, party goers from the other residence went to confront Mashburn, where the altercation started, the sheriff said.
“Upon getting both sides separated, it had been determined that one guy had been hit with, wasn’t really a machete, it was probably worse.”
Bivens proceeded to reveal what the weapon in question was — a meat cleaver, with a nearly 6-inch blade. The weapon was confiscated by the department. Mashburn allegedly wielded the weapon, who then attacked Kodey Pollard, Bivens said.
“(Mashburn) actually swung it at (Pollard’s) head,” Bivens said, “and (Pollard) put his arm up, and it gashed his arm really, really bad, with so much force that it broke his ulna bone and dislocated his arm.”
Pollard left in a privately owned vehicle as a passenger, Bivens said. He was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center and then transported to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. According to Bivens, Pollard is expected to fully recover.
Mashburn was charged with first-degree assault, a class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in jail. He is currently lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center, with a $50,000 cash bond set.
Bivens said additional charges are expected to be added.