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Accused stabber arraigned in municipal court

Bond was set for an Ironton man accused of stabbing his brother.

John Ratliff, 27, of 514 Apartment D, South Ninth St., was arraigned Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court. Ratliff was charged with second-degree felonious assault after he allegedly stabbed his brother in the leg.

Judge O. Clark Collins set bond at $25,000 and appointed Warren Morford as his attorney.

Ratliff was arrested just before midnight Wednesday after the Ironton Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at Ratliff’s residence.

When police arrived, they found Ratliff’s brother, Lowell Ratliff, sitting outside with a towel on his leg.

The police report of the incident stated the brothers had gotten into an argument and Lowell Ratliff had a large stab wound on his left shin and other stab wounds on his shin, as well as cuts on his hands and forearms. A pair of bloody scissors found at the scene were taken as evidence.

Ratliff will have a preliminary hearing Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court.