A Salem man was charged June 24 with battery in the first degree, a class B felony, after he allegedly beat another man with an aluminum bat.
According to the arrest affidavit, Brian K. Rouse, 31, entered a home near Ash Flat and threatened Scotty Shempert with a knife and later beat him with an aluminum bat.
"He told me he was going to kick my a.., over and over," Shempert told law officers, according to the arrest affidavit.
Deputy Kevin Burns of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department said Shempert escaped from Rouse and grabbed an aluminum bat.
A wrestling match ensued in which Rouse took the bat from Shempert and hit him in the face and back, Burns said.
Officials at the Fulton County Sheriff's Department were unsure what started the fight between Rouse and Shempert.
Rouse pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment in Fulton County Circuit Court July 5.
Fulton County Judge Tim Weaver asked those in the court room who were charged with a crime, which included Rouse, if they could pass a drug test.
Rouse admitted to Weaver that he had smoked marijuana and could not pass the test.
"It's contentious conduct to appear in my court with drugs in your system," Weaver said. "Don't take anymore drugs and come into my courtroom."
Weaver sentenced Rouse to 10 days in the county jail for contempt of court. He is slated to appear in court Aug. 17.
A Viola man who has been charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threatening in the first degree both class D felonies, did not make a formal plea in Fulton County Circuit Court June 5.
Instead, 55-year-old James M. Roach asked Judge Weaver if he could wait until he could find a lawyer.
Weaver granted Roach's request and he will be arraigned next month.
Roach allegedly told a Viola woman, Brenda Moore, that he was going to shoot her and put hamburger meat on her face so a German Shepard would chew on her, during an argument June 27.
Prior to making the threats, Roach had pulled out a gun and shot a window out at Moore's house, according to the arrest affidavit.
Roach is still free on bond.