Thursday, November 22, 2001

Police chief not charged in attack on football coach




        IRONTON, Ohio — The New Lexington police chief will not be charged in the attack of a high school football coach.

        Police Chief Jeffrey Newlon and his brother Kerry Newlon confronted Crooksville head football coach Doug Clifford after a game Nov. 2 as fans rushed the field to celebrate the team's playoff victory.

        Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. said his office has decided not to file charges against Jeffrey Newlon after an investigation revealed he did not hit Mr. Clifford.

        “He may have been the spark that started the fire, but the evidence does not point to him striking or actually attacking the coach,” Mr. Collier said.

        Last week, Kerry Newlon, 39, of Blue Rock, was charged with assault for allegedly hitting Mr. Clifford. Kerry Newlon faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

        Mr. Collier has said the Newlons were angry with the coach over the amount of playing time Jeffery Newlon's son received.

       



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