MASON — Two brothers from Pomeroy, Ohio have been charged with malicious wounding after an alleged altercation with another man involving a baseball bat at the old strip mines in Mason.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, brothers Neal B. Bonecutter, 18, and Jose F. Whitlach, 20, both of Pomeroy, have been charged with malicious wounding after an incident which allegedly took place on Sunday. Bonecutter and Whitlach appeared before Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush who set their bonds at $250,000 each. The incident is being investigated by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
The criminal complaint says Bonecutter was at the strip mines in Northern Mason County, commonly known as Red Lane in the Mason area. While in this location, Bonecutter’s vehicle became stuck and he walked to the roadway where he came into contact with Ryan Ohlinger, age and address unreported. The complaint says Bonecutter asked Ohlinger for assistance but during this discussion the two men started to argue.
Bonecutter eventually contacted his brother, Whitlach, for help with the vehicle and what the complaint describes as “subjects” Bonecutter was “having trouble” dealing with at the location. Once Whitlach arrived at the scene, the complaint says he grabbed an orange aluminum tee ball bat from his vehicle and started walking towards Bonecutter and these subjects. The complaint says Bonecutter and Ohlinger had another verbal dispute after Whitlach arrived. At some point during this dispute, the complaint alleges Whitlach swung the bat at Ohlinger, making contact with his head. Ohlinger fell to the ground and the complaint says Bonecutter allegedly struck Ohlinger in the head with his fists while he was injured.
Ohlinger was transported to Pleasant Valley Hospital and then to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington for treatment of what the sheriff’s department describes as “life threatening injuries.” The complaint says Ohlinger had a fractured skull and two brain bleeds as a result of the altercation.
This case is being investigated by Cpl. T. L. Powell.