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Men charged with assault in beating

January 05, 2007

Two men accused of beating a 23-year-old man with a bottle were at Washington County Detention Center Thursday night, a deputy said.Bryan Kirk Powers, 19, of 253 W. Main St. in Hancock, and Steven Edward Miller, 18, of 32 W. Main St. in Hancock, are charged with first-degree assault and other offenses in the early-morning beating of a man Dec. 24, Washington County District Court records show.

Miller is also known as "Stephen," court records show.

Witnesses told police that the victim had upset another man by making a comment to a woman at a party, a charging document states.

The victim gave Miller and the woman a ride home in his truck, and the woman requested that he pull into a parking lot adjacent to South Street in Hancock.

Miller and Powers, who was not in the truck, allegedly communicated by text messages on their cell phones about the victim. When the victim stopped the truck, Miller allegedly began beating him with a bottle. Powers allegedly joined the fight after traveling to the parking lot in another vehicle, the charging document states.

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The victim needed emergency surgery on his wrist for torn tendons, and he had staples put into his head, stitches above his right eye and a gash to his right forearm, the document states.

Bail was set at $150,000 for Powers and Tuesday at $175,000 for Miller, court records show.

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