By Margie Wuebker
A Mercer County man is listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton following a stabbing early Thursday morning near Montezuma.
Brian Noggler, 32, whose address has not been determined at this point, initially was taken by ambulance to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. He subsequently was transferred to Dayton aboard a CareFlight emergency helicopter due to the severity of his injuries.
Donna Springer, 25, 2664 state Route 29, Celina, also sustained a stab wound and was transported to Community Hospital, where she was released following treatment.
Authorities were alerted to a possible stabbing shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday by a male caller. The location -- 5352 Windy Point Road -- is the home of Springer's sister, Angela Schmitt.
"The stabbings occurred at some point during an altercation at the residence," Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey told The Daily Standard this morning. "We have not determined the actual course of events as yet, but it does not appear the victims stabbed each other." Grey admitted there were other people, including some children, at the residence. He declined to comment regarding other adults who may have witnessed the altercation or handled the kitchen knife recovered at the scene.
He confirmed Noggler and Springer were boyfriend and girlfriend and that Schmitt is Springer's sister. However, he did not elaborate on the relationship of other adults who may have been present.
"It appears this was not a random act," Grey said. "All the parties involved knew each other."
Noggler apparently sustained multiple stab wounds leading to considerable blood loss, according to reports a first responder provided 911 dispatchers. Both victims were carried from the house on stretchers.
Deputies armed with search warrants returned to the home late Wednesday morning as well as at an undisclosed Celina location. Evidence recovered has not been analyzed as yet.
Special agent Keith Williamson from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification came to assist authorities with handling "complex evidence," according to Grey.
No arrests had been made as of this morning, and the investigation was on-going, Grey said.