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01-03-04: Couple allege threats


A Celina couple involved in an accidental shooting Dec. 27 had another brush with law enforcement officers before the first day of the New Year ended.
Deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Grand Manor Trailer Court home home of Joyce Sheffield and Clyde E. Grassley at 5:13 p.m. Thursday.
Sheffield, 46, reported that 53-year-old Grassley had threatened her with a gun. Both parties had been drinking and the weapon was taken for safekeeping, according to sheriff’s office reports.
Deputies returned to 3601 Ohio 703, Lot 61, two hours later after Grassley alleged his girlfriend had threatened “to cut his throat” with a knife.
Authorities also became aware of alleged drug activity while at the mobile home and continue to investigate this aspect, according to reports. They did not elaborate on specifics.
Sheffield was transported to the Mercer County Jail following the 7:20 p.m. incident, charged with domestic violence and released after posting bond. She had been scheduled to appear for arraignment on Friday, but called to report she was unable to come due to an earlier gunshot wound. The matter has been continued to 1 p.m. Jan. 7.
Deputies continue to investigate the accidental shooting that occurred at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at the couple’s home.
Grassley reportedly had been showing the woman how to use a handgun for her personal safety and she also handled the .380-caliber weapon at some point. It apparently fell to the floor causing an accidental discharge. Alcohol was a factor in the incident, according to sheriff’s office reports.
Sheffield, who sustained entrance and exit wounds to the lower left calf, did not realize she had been hit, according to the report. Grassley summoned an ambulance at 10:35 a.m. Monday after she experienced problems walking. This was the first indication authorities received of a shooting taking place at the mobile home.
The woman was treated at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, before being transferred to St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, for additional treatment.
The accidental shooting case has been referred to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible charges.


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