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Two Charged with Aggravated Battery

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 17-year-old resident of the One Hope United Children's home in Centralia is being held in the Marion County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond after being charged with three counts of aggravated battery and a single count of criminal damage to government supported property.  Shannon Barnes was arrested at the Centralia High School Annex on Tuesday after allegedly allegedly spitting on the face of Ernest Johnson and biting his finger, spitting on Centralia Police Officer Mason Jackson and kicking Centralia Police Officer Laura Irvin.  The prior day Barnes is accused of damaging a security mirror at the annex building.  The public defender was appointed to represent Barnes.    A preliminary hearing on the case is set for January 4th.   

Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 21-year-old Centralia man who has been charged with aggravated domestic battery and misdemeanor domestic battery.  Donald Hemmings of West Kell is accused of strangling and striking Sarah Copple in the face.  If convicted on the felony aggravated domestic battery charge, Hemmings faces an extended term sentence due to a past conviction of burglary.  If released on bond Hemmings was ordered to have no contact with Copple.  

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