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Two charged, one arrested in alleged baseball bat attack

August 16th, 2011 8:01 am by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — Arrest warrants were taken out for two men charged with using baseball bats to attack three people in Grindstaff Hollow on Thursday. One of the wanted men has been arrested, while the Carter County Sheriff’s Department is still looking for the second man.
Scotty Lee Calloway, 38, 105 Grindstaff Hollow Road, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and vandalism over $500. Also charged in the incident was Calvin Smith, 106 Grindstaff Hollow Road.
The sheriff’s department began investigating the incident Thursday when Deputy Larry Vaughn spoke with the three victims, Russell Elwood Harrison, 42, and Pamela Karen Peel, 39, both of Rock Creek Park in Erwin, and Harvey Dale Campbell, 43, 172 Grindstaff Hollow.
Vaughn reported that the victims said they were “swimming and hanging out” at 106 Grindstaff Hollow, when Calloway, armed with a baseball bat, came over and started yelling at Harrison, claiming Harrison owed money to Calloway’s father. At that point, Smith told Calloway to leave his property. Calloway went back to his trailer across the road.
A short time later, Peel noticed her cell phone and $80 was missing. She said Smith denied taking the phone and money and told the three to leave. They said that after a brief argument, Smith, now armed with a baseball bat, came at them and their 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.
The victims said Smith jabbed Peel in the stomach. They said he then swung the bat and struck Harrison in the right forearm.
They said Calloway then came back to the Smith residence, still armed with his own baseball bat. They said he struck Campbell in the left shoulder and back. Calloway then began using the baseball bat to beat the pickup truck, breaking out the left window of the extended cab and causing multiple dents all around the truck, police said.
Campbell was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital, where he was treated for injuries suffered in the alleged assault. Harrison and Peel also sought treatment for their injuries at the hospital.
Vaughn said Campbell had bruising and swelling on his left shoulder and along the middle of his back. Harrison had swelling and bruising of his right forearm. Peel had no visible injuries, but complained of abdominal pain.
Both baseball bats were recovered. Vaughn said Smith’s bat was located in the back of his truck and the bat Calloway used was found by Sgt. Kenny Cornett in the creek under the Grindstaff Hollow Bridge.
Calloway was scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Sept. 20.

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