Police: Local man charged with assault

30-year-old Granville man accused of simple assualt, strangulation

LEWISTOWN–Dustin Sheeler, 30, of Granville, was charged with four criminal counts on Sunday, including strangulation, simple assault, manufacturing a controlled substance, and harassment.

According to court documents, Sheeler allegedly hit Amanda Gutshall twice in her face, causing her to bleed from the nose, before allegedly proceeding to choke her, during an argument. Gutshall, allegedly, bit Sheeler in an attempt to “get him off of her,” reported Officer Nicholas Hamler, Granville Police, in an affidavit. Hamler and Thomas Wilson were called to a River Road residence where 911 operators could hear what sounded like arguing and an upset female. Hamler reported that he observed red marks around Gutshall’s neck “consistent with being choked” and that “there was blood throughout the residence, on the living room curtains, wells, and phone, from Gutshall’s injury.” Hamler and Wilson placed Sheeler under arrest for domestic violence, before discovering a bottle of Buprenorphine inside a clear plastic cigarette wrapper, on Sheeler’s person.

Further investigation revealed at least two juveniles were present inside the residence during the incident. Wilson interviewed a 12-year-old juvenile who reported that he and “other younger siblings” were allegedly elsewhere in the residence when he heard Sheeler and Gutshall arguing and saw Sheeler and Gutshall pushing each other when he entered the room. Wilson also reported that another juvenile “was cleaning up blood with a wet cloth” during the investigation.

Unable to post the $50,000 bail set by Magisterial District Judge Kent Smith, Sheeler was remanded to Mifflin County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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