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County Man Passes After Domestic Disturbance

A Franklin County man, with a number of health issues, passed away Wed., Dec. 19, following a domestic disturbance at a home in Lee ‘s Way Mobile Home Park in Villa Ridge.
According to Franklin County Sheriff, Gary Toelke, deputies were called to the residence at 2:19 p.m. for a domestic violence call and upon their arrival learned that the suspect was living with his daughter. His wife came over to visit when a physical altercation occurred between the suspect and his wife that eventually involved a knife possessed by the husband.
The couple’s daughter attempted to take the knife away from the suspect receiving a minor cut on her hand. Both she and her mother were able to exit the trailer and call law enforcement.
Deputies arrived to find the suspect standing in the doorway of the home at which time he closed the door and refused to come out.
The suspect, identified as Raymond Stonum, 49, Villa Ridge, eventually opened the door when deputies noticed both of his arms were cut and he was bleeding severely. As deputies approached, he again went back into the residence refusing to come out.
Deputies then made entry and attempted to stop the bleeding until the arrival of Union Ambulance personnel. The suspect cut both arteries in his arms with a knife.
Stonum was transported by Union Ambulance to Mercy Hospital, Washington, where he was admitted due to his injuries and other health issues. Stonum passed away early Thursday morning due to other health related issues, according to authorities.
The wife of Stonum, Mary Jo Preslely, 44, Villa Ridge, was also treated for her injuries at Mercy Hospital and released.


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