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Ronan man accused of hitting partner with baseball bat

by Jeff Smith, For the Leader
| July 4, 2024 12:00 AM

A Ronan man is accused of hitting his partner with a baseball bat. Curtis Alden Thomas, 38, entered a plea of not guilty in District Court in Polson June 27, to felony assault with a weapon. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

According to court records, on June 14, a deputy with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a report of domestic assault at a Ronan residence. The alleged victim told the deputy that she and her boyfriend, Thomas, were arguing in the garage and Thomas tried to lock her in it.

She used a baseball bat to try and stop the door from closing and Thomas grabbed it away from her. She said she fled to the kitchen and Thomas followed. Once there, he allegedly swung the bat at her and she used her arm to block it. He swung the bat again and hit her along her side.

The deputy observed injuries to the woman consistent with her story.

Judge John A. Mercer set the case for trial on Nov. 25. Thomas remains in the Lake County Jail with bail totaling $20,000.