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Two are arrested in assaults of officials

April 23, 2012
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

A Bethany man has been charged with assaulting a sheriff's deputy and a Beech Bottom man has been charged with assaulting an ambulance staff member following two separate incidents in Brooke County.

Joshua A. Benfield, 23, of 106 Logan Court, Bethany, has been charged by the Brooke County Sheriff's Department with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer and domestic battery following an incident at his home Tuesday.

According to police reports, deputies were called to the home after Benfield struck a family member and stabbed himself in the stomach with a knife.

The investigating deputy said as he approached Benfield, Benfield screamed an obscenity, raised his arms in a provoking manner and tried to grab the deputy. The deputy said during a struggle between Benfield and himself, Benfield burned the deputy's arm with a cigarette.

According to reports, Benfield was transported to Weirton Medical Center for treatment and then to the Northern Regional Jail.

In a separate incident, Scott A. Miller, 33, 24 Second St., Beech Bottom, was charged with battery on an emergency medical service personnel member, resisting arrest and obstructing an officer.

According to police reports, the sheriff's department and Brooke County Ambulance Service were dispatched to the home of Miller, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The report said Miller struck the ambulance worker while he was being escorted to the ambulance. After a sheriff's deputy brought him to the ground, he refused to place his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed, according to reports.

The report said Miller was transported to Weirton Medical Center and then to the Northern Regional Jail.

Cases for Benfield and Miller are pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

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