Man charged in ax attack
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man was struck in the head with an ax Monday night and his brother's father-in-law was charged in the attack, Charles Town Police said Tuesday.
Thomas Rickard, age unavailable, was attacked at his brother's 202 S. Samuel St. home, police said.
He was released from Jefferson Memorial Hospital after his wound was stitched, police said.
Police charged Carl F. Hearn, 58, with malicious wounding. Hearn was released from custody after posting $75,000 bond.
Hearn was taken into custody shortly before midnight. As officers led him away, family members and friends allegedly tried to stop them.
One man, Keith A. Anderson, and two juveniles were charged with obstructing police officers in the lawful performance of their duties, said Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.