Officers respond to weapons incidents

Marion County law enforcement officers have seen more crimes involving weapons during the last several weeks.

On Friday, July 27, at about 10:20 p.m., Marion County Communications received a call from 3073 Diamond, reporting the sound of three shots being fired.

Deputy Don Rosine responded to the call. While en route to the call a second call about the incident was received by dispatch.

Jerry Myers of 211 Prospect in Lehigh reported someone had shot at him approximately six miles north of Lehigh on Diamond. He said the suspect’s vehicle was a blue Buick.

Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker, Undersheriff Bob Soyez and Deputy Dean Keyes also responded to the call.

After meeting with the reporting parties, the officers said a suspect has been developed. The incident is under investigation, and no arrests had been made at press time.

Sheriff’s officers said they believe this incident appears to be a culmination of an on-going harassment, with “hate crime” overtones.

On Sunday, July 29, at about 2:43 a.m., Marion County Communications received a domestic violence call of an ongoing domestic problem from 107 S. Cedar St. in Goessel.

The caller said the aggressor was intoxicated and had access to guns. He was reportedly violent, and children were present.

Goessel Police Chief Rollin Schmidt, sheriff’s deputies Michael Fisher and Jeff Soyez responded to the call.

Witnesses told officers Tom Jay was hitting his wife, Debbie Jay. Gretchen Keith, her sister, came to help her, and Tom Jay went after Keith and hit her. It was reported he then turned back to his wife and began to choke her.

Keith reportedly told Tom Jay to stop choking his wife, but he did not stop. Keith then reportedly struck Tom Jay with a baseball bat. Jay got up and reportedly chased Keith into the street, as Chief Schmidt arrived.

Tom Jay was offered medical assistance but refused. After officers completed their initial investigation, he was transported to St. Luke Hospital in Marion and later taken from the hospital to Marion County Jail. Jay is now out on bond.

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