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Man accused of trying to electrocute female


SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin man was arrested on an assault charge after allegedly attempting to electrocute a female. 

Salyersville Police Department Officer Jeremiah Watson received a call that a female was at a neighbor’s home and needing police assistance. When Watson arrived at the Auxier Branch home, he found out the victim had made statements to EMS workers that Merritt Salyer, 46, of Auxier Branch, had low blood sugar and started accusing her of cheating on him, and then started pulling her hair, hitting her in the face and body.

Watson reported in the arrest citation the bathroom inside the home received the most damage, with the hot water heater busted and the door off the hinges and water everywhere. 

The victim also told officials that Salyer allegedly plugged in a hairdryer and tried to put it in her bathwater before the altercation began.

The victim was taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center for her injuries and Salyer was transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time.

Salyer is currently facing the charge of second-degree assault, a Class C felony. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for August 12, 2019, at 9:15 a.m. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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