Portland man pleads innocent to stabbing


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



POMEROY — A Portland man remains in jail on a $250,000 bond after being indicted on a second-degree felony charge of felonious assault.

Justin Middleswart, 38, of Portland, was arraigned on Thursday afternoon in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on the indictment issued on Wednesday by the grand jury. Middleswart pleaded innocent to the charge.

The charge against Middleswart stems from a reported stabbing at a residence along Route 124 in Minersville in early January.

According to statements made in court by Prosecutor James K. Stanley, Middleswart is alleged to have stabbed another individual in the face with a knife.

Stanley requested bond be set at $250,000 in the case, a request which was granted by Judge I. Carson Crow.

Attorney Michael Huff was appointed to represent Middleswart. An initial pretrial is scheduled for Feb. 22, with a final pretrial on March 6 and a trial date of March 21.

By Sarah Hawley

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