PDT Staff Writer
James W. Maynard, 50, of 1509 Sixth St., West Portsmouth, is facing charges of felonious assault and assault after two men say he pointed a gun at one of the men’s head and struck both of them.
Scioto County Sheriff’s deputies were summoned to the emergency room at Southern Ohio Medical Center Saturday where two men, Larry Hayslip and Kevin Collignon, told deputies they were both assaulted by Maynard when they went to property on Carey’s Run Pond Creek Road, property owned by Maynard and his wife, who is Hayslip’s sister.
Hayslip said he and friends were going onto the property to hunt for ginseng and had gone up a hill when someone started yelling for them to come down. He said they started down the hill and advised deputies Maynard and three or four other men were there and had guns. Hayslip said they were ordered to the ground and Maynard chambered a round and pointed a pistol at his head, telling him to get down. He said as he was getting down, Maynard de-cocked the gun, taking the round out of the chamber, but used the gun to strike him in the face, then continued to strike him in the back of his head.
Hayslip said after Maynard stopped hitting him, they were able to make it to their car. The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. and Hayslip said he tried to get through the pain, but ended up going to the emergency room at 10:30 p.m.
The deputy said, while he was at the ER, Collignon said he too was assaulted by Maynard and another man when he went with Hayslip to hunt for ginseng. Collignon said he heard two shots which sounded like they came from a .22 caliber rifle. He said people started yelling for them to come down. That is when he said he saw six to eight men and they told them to get down on the ground. He too said Maynard chambered a round and pointed the gun at Hayslip’s head, and that he de-cocked the gun, and struck Hayslip. He said one of the men started hitting him (Collignon), and that he too was struck by Maynard.
Maynard told officers he was summoned by his wife to the property and that he had never given Hayslip permission to be on the property. He also said there are two gates and “no trespassing” signs on the property. Maynard told deputies he struck Hayslip with the pistol then blacked out and does not remember anything after that.
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