Men charged in separate abuse cases Both were arrested Sunday in wake of domestic disputes

Women treated for injuries

County cracking down, says prosecutor in domestic violence unit

March 24, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Two women who were beaten in unrelated domestic disputes Sunday were granted temporary protective orders yesterday, and the men accused of assaulting them were being held at the county jail, authorities said.

In the first incident, a Manchester woman was threatened with a butcher knife and later choked with a lamp cord, police said in court documents.

While her husband, William J. Haines, was being arrested, he broke free while handcuffed and ran into the path of a car, police said.

In the other incident, a woman was dragged toward a lighted fireplace after her head had been doused with vodka, investigators said.

Scott C. Craig of Harney was arrested and charged in the incident. Last month, Craig was released from jail after serving a sentence for stealing a state police cruiser.

"Both assaults were very serious and will be prosecuted vigorously," said Melissa O. Hockensmith, an assistant state's attorney specializing in prosecuting domestic violence cases. "We cannot predict when such serious offenses will occur, but our domestic violence unit will continue to react quickly to investigate and prosecute offenders."

Both women were treated at Carroll County General Hospital for their injuries.

The murders of two Carroll County women and a man in domestic violence incidents last year prompted the formation of a domestic violence unit within the state's attorney's office. The unit includes Hockensmith and a special investigator to concentrate on assisting victims of domestic violence.

State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes has supported legislation to increase penalties for spousal abuse.

Haines, 28, of the 4400 block of Hanover Pike, was held without bail after he was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold signed a protective order stating that Haines may have no contact with his wife if he is released after a bail review hearing today.

Hockensmith said she would request that Haines be held without bail because of his history of domestic violence in New York.

Jill Haines told Arnold yesterday that her husband had been drinking for about six hours when he attempted to stab her in the head at a relative's home about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Haines told Arnold that she drove her husband home, thinking he would go to sleep. After the couple arrived home, she said, he punched, kicked and choked her with a lamp cord until she briefly lost consciousness.

She regained consciousness and called police soon after he fell asleep.

Mrs. Haines was treated for lacerations and bruises, investigators said.

State police said Haines was placed in handcuffs when he was arrested but broke free and ran into the path of a car in front of his Manchester home.

He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated while under police guard for leg and other unspecified injuries, Hockensmith said.

Craig, 42, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment and held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus Jones signed a temporary order barring Craig from contacting Mary Whitehurst if he is released.

Prosecutors said Whitehurst's shoulder was dislocated when she was struck with a shovel Sunday afternoon and that an attempt was made to set her afire.

Prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III argued that Craig should be held without bail because of his history of "crazy behavior whenever he has been drinking."

According to court records, three witnesses told police that Craig splashed his girlfriend's hair and face with vodka and dragged her close enough to a fireplace that her hair was singed.

Pub Date: 3/24/98

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