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Robert E. Burns
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MEIGS COUNTY — A domestic situation escalated into violence Wednesday morning, resulting in one man being flown to the hospital and another under arrest.


Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said his office responded to a call at 31855 Briar Ridge Road near Langsville at 9:34 a.m. Wednesday. The initial call was received by Meigs EMS/911.


Deputies responded to the residence where they discovered an injured William E. Cleveland, age 49, who had allegedly been shot by his step-father, Robert Burns, age 69.


Burns was taken into custody by Meigs County Sheriff’s Deputies, while Cleveland was transported from the scene by Meigs EMS and then by medical helicopter to St. Marys Hospital in Huntington, W.Va.


Cleveland was reportedly shot in the abdomen.


According to the Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland has undergone surgery at St. Marys. There is no word on his current condition or the extent of his injuries.


Investigators were on the scene this morning collecting evidence. A small caliber pistol and other evidence were recovered at the scene.


Burns is being held in the Middleport Jail pending an appearance in Meigs County Court.


The case will be turned over to the Meigs County Prosecutor following the initial investigation. It is not known at this time what charges will be filed against Burns.


This is the second non-fatal shooting to take place in Meigs County over the past four months.


Neal D. Bonecutter, 41, of Pomeroy, remains in jail on charges of felonious assault and having weapons under disability after a shooting on Sept. 19, 2013.


The charges against Bonecutter stem from a shooting at a residence on Ohio 143 in Sept. 2013.


According to the indictment filed in October with the Meigs County Clerk of Courts, on Sept. 19, Bonecutter committed the crime of felonious assault in that he did knowingly cause or attempt to cause to another by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance.


Both counts of felonious assault also carry a firearms specification, meaning that the offender had a firearm on or about his person or under his control while committing the offenses, and displayed the firearm, brandished the firearm, indicated that the offender possessed the firearm or used it to facilitate the offense.


Sheriff Keith O. Wood reported on Sept. 19, 2013, that deputies arrested Neal D. Bonecutter, age 41, of Pomeroy, for two counts of attempted murder after an altercation at his residence located on Ohio 143.


It was reported that Bonecutter shot Allen Brickles in the lower leg and shot at Melissa Dickens as she fled the residence.


Brickles was taken by ambulance to Holzer Medical Center and later transferred to Cabell Huntington Trauma Unit. He was later released.


Bonecutter was originally scheduled for a pre-trial hearing and jury trial in November and December, but both dates were continued.


A notice was filed in late November for a substitution of counsel, with attorney Clare M. Ball Jr. now serving as counsel for Bonecutter.


A pre-trial hearing is now scheduled for 2 p.m. on Jan. 29, with a jury trial scheduled for Feb. 11. A hearing had been scheduled for Jan. 6 in the case but was continued.


Bonecutter is in custody of the Meigs County Sheriff as he awaits upcoming court appearances.

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