Police blotter activity for Athens County, Ohio, shows crime related to the downtown bar area is once again an issue for law enforcement. The police blotter also depicts a tragic violent act against an infant, causing first and second degree burns to her face and body.
On January 12, an Ohio University female student reported a man assaulted her. Brandon Wardle, 20, from North Canton was arrested and is awaiting a trial date.
On January 12, Athens city police officers received a report of a vehicle, which was damaged while sitting in the downtown area near the Crystal Casino bar. The female vehicle owner reported that a participant in a bar fight had been tossed outside, and thrown toward her car, breaking a window and denting the door. The bar fight participants could not be immediately identified. Later that same evening, a man entered the police department and stated he had been forcibly ejected from the Crystal Casino by the bar staff. According to reports, the man said he broke the vehicle window because of the physical altercation, and received a small cut to his arm. Police officers are continuing to investigate the alleged incident.
Andrew Hutchins, 20, of Athens, was arrested December 20 on charges field by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office. Hutchins is accused of scalding the infant daughter of his girlfriend in bath water, which was at least 140 degrees in temperature. Charges levied against Hutchins include felonious assault, probation violation and endangering children. The 20-month-old baby was treated at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens for first and second-degree burns to both her face and upper body.
The incident reportedly took place at the Hope Drive Apartment complex in Athens, Ohio. The injured baby’s mother told law enforcement officers she had not been home at the time of the incident. Hutchins was on probation for prior drug possession offenses. Bond was set at $250,000, and then increased to $5,000, with 10% allowed. Hutchins currently remains incarcerated at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail. Search warrant results from the residence have remained sealed by order of the Athens County Court of Common Pleas.
Ohio University, Athens Campus
20-year-old student Matthew C. Kulchar from Dublin, Ohio, pleaded not guilty on charges of kidnapping, rape and tampering with evidence. Kulchar allegedly entered the Boyd Hall dormitory room of a female student in September. After entering the room without permission, Kulchar is accused by police to have raped a female student repeatedly for several hours. Kulchar’s attorney, Robert Toy filed a defense motion in December 31, 2008, in order to have Kulchar’s statements to police suppressed. Toy maintains his clients “Miranda” rights were violated.