Altercation leads to throat slashing

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A Pottawatomie County man was arrested on assault complaints over the weekend after another man’s throat was slashed during an altercation.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies responded to the rural Prague residence late Friday night. They found David James Oldham, 50, rural Prague, suffering from a severe laceration to this throat.

Case reports show Oldham was cut with some type of cooking knife. Arrested in the case was Ronald Gene Stone, 50, also of Prague, on a complaint of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Palmer said. Stone was released Sunday, jail records show.  While the investigation into the case is ongoing, Palmer said preliminary reports show Oldham and the suspect had been drinking alcohol when Stone allegedly felt Oldham had a history of violence involving an assault on his sister in the past.

That’s when Oldham verbally threatened action against the suspect’s sister, Palmer said, and went into the kitchen and returned with a knife.  “A fight ensued,” Palmer said, and at some point during that ordeal, Stone claims Oldham tried to stab him before he got the knife away.

The two were allegedly still fighting when Oldham was cut across the throat, Palmer said.  Oldham was taken by REACT EMS ambulance to Unity Health Center, where he was treated for his throat injury and then later released.  Once the probe is complete, all case reports will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges being filed. Watch for updates.