Charges dropped in spraypaint assault

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 30, 2003

Charges against two people accused of assaulting a man with spraypaint have been dropped.

Stephanie K. Harshberger, 20, of South Point and Carl F. Noble, 39, of Ironton were both charged with felonious assault and aggravated robbery after a Dec. 27 incident on Township Road 179 (LaGrange-Royersville Road).

The victim did not want to pursue the case, and the case was nullified Jan. 23, according to information from the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office. The victim does have the right to refile.

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According to information from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Harshberger and Noble allegedly picked up acquaintance Duane White, 38, of Ironton, then the car's unknown driver pulled off the road. Harshberger and Noble allegedly sprayed White with spraypaint, hit his head with a car door and pushed his face into a deep mud puddle.

Three children, ages 16, 12 and 8, were also in the car and gave statements to police. They were turned over to a relative.

Harshberger and Noble were allegedly trying to steal a prescribed narcotic from White, who suffered head and facial injuries. They were transported to the Lawrence County Jail, but released on a $50,000 own recognizance bond earlier this month.