August 15, 2013

Man hits father with phone

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


An elderly man sat bleeding from a wound to his head — an injury caused from a domestic dispute with his son.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott and Deputy Robbie Grimes answered the domestic violence call on Stone Road, one mile south of London, around 9:46 p.m. Saturday, and discovered 56-year-old Homer Nantz Jr. of Lily had caused the injury.

Nantz reportedly threw a telephone at his father during the argument at the residence. The phone hit the elderly man in the head, causing a wound that was still bleeding when deputies got to the scene.

Nantz was charged with fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, and taken to the Laurel County Detention Center following his arrest. No information on the cause of the argument was available.

While Parrott and Grimes were dealing with the domestic situation, Deputy Mikey Ashurst was patrolling South Laurel Road when he came upon an odd situation.

Around 9:47 p.m., Ashurst spotted a man driving a Suzuki motor scooter along the roadway, going very slowly but weaving back and forth between the  edge of the road and the centerline.

When Ashurst stopped the man, he immediately noticed a smell of alcohol. The man — 45-year-old Robert Tucker of 49 Appaloosa Trail in Corbin — said he had drank some beers before setting out on a scooter, as well as taking prescription drugs. Ashurst determined Tucker was under the influence, placing him under arrest for operating a non-motor vehicle under the influence and driving too slowly for traffic conditions.

Tucker was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center following his arrest.