Assault case continues

ESCANABA – One of two Escanaba men accused of assaulting a Bark River man in Wells Township last month was bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court this week.

During his preliminary examination Thursday, Scott Allen Wahl, 23, of 2011 15th Ave., Escanaba, was bound over on one count of assault with intent to rob. The felony carries a maximum punishment of life in prison.

Co-defendant Jeffrey William Dickerson, 31, of 420 S. 12th St., Apt. 2, Escanaba, waived his right to have a preliminary examination within 14 days and has yet to schedule the hearing in district court. He is also charged with assault with intent to rob while armed.

Dickerson is also facing one count of assaulting/ resisting/ obstructing a police officer and one count of controlled substance – possession of analogues. Each charge carries a maximum sentencing of two years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Wahl and Dickerson were arrested in connection with the assault of a 41-year-old Bark River man who was allegedly struck in the head with a glass bottle around 1 p.m. Dec. 17, according to Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post.

Troopers found the man in Wells Township after responding to a 9-1-1 report of an injured person. The victim was transported by ambulance to OSF St. Francis Hospital where he was treated for head injuries and released from hospital care.

When police made a traffic stop later that same day, Dickerson, a passenger in the vehicle, fled from officers who apprehended him after a brief foot chase. The following morning, Wahl was arrested without incident at an Escanaba residence.

Wahl and Dickerson remain lodged in Delta County Jail each in lieu of a $75,000 cash bond.

During Wahl’s preliminary examination, Judge Glenn Pearson ordered the defendant not to have any contact with the victim.