Peeping Toms scare local woman

Monday, October 2, 2017
Ledford

A woman reported an aggravated burglary on Grace Ledford Road overnight on Sept. 20.

She told deputies that at approximately 11 p.m. she heard what sounded like a knock on the door. She initially wrote it off to a random noise before hearing another knock.

Alarmed, she called her brother to come to her house.

When he arrived right before midnight, he saw, she told deputies, a man looking in the front window who ran when spotted and another individual crouching by the house, who also ran into the woods when spotted.

At this point, the woman left to spend the night with relatives.

When she returned to the home at approximately 5 a.m., she found the front window open and the house lights, which she had turned off before leaving, on.

When deputies arrived on scene, the inside of the house was found to be in disarray with clothes strew about, drawers pulled out of furniture, and broken glassware.

The woman’s dog, described as a 40-pound black shepherd mix with a white patch on its chest, was missing.

The case remains under investigation.

• Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 hang up call from Hoyte Ledford Road on Sept. 22

At the home they found a female subject, bleeding from the nose. She initially told deputies that she had called 911 because she was experiencing difficulty breathing and thought she might need an ambulance.

She said she hung up when she determined she no longer needed EMS.

The phone she had used to call for help had been broken in half, deputies found, however.

Questioning the woman further about the call, deputies heard a different story, according to the report.

The woman said that her husband, Joshua Ledford, had become belligerent after being awake for four days due to his medication. The pair argued and he allegedly hit her in the face, causing the bloody nose.

In fear for her safety, she called 911 but Ledford took the phone from her and broke it.

At this point, deputies attempted to place Ledford under arrest.

He refused to stand up from the couch and was tased in order to compel him to comply.

According to the report, deputies removed him from the couch, but he actively resisted efforts to place his hands behind his back, at which point he was tased again.

EMS was called to transport Ledford to Marshall Medical Center after he complained of chest pain, before he was booked into the Marshall County Jail.

Ledford was charged with domestic assault, interference with a 911 call, resisting arrest, and violation of a protective order from a previous incident.

Bond was set at $4,000.

• Tony Stout was charged with domestic assault on Sept. 24 after an incident on Richardson Road. Bond was set at $1,000.

• James Keith Cox was taken into custody at the Marshall County Courthouse on Sept. 26 on a warrant for domestic assault. Bond was set at $1,000.

• On Sept. 24, the MCSO responded to a report from Wooly’s Off Road that a golf cart, valued at $5,000, had been stolen from the property.