Body discovered, two assaults and robbery at knife-pointOn Nov. 7 police were dispatched to 824 Park Dr., No. 6, with a report of a dead body. The witness discovered the victim when she was dropping her child off and found the deceased still in bed. Police found his wallet and secured his I.D. The witness stated the victim had not been ill and was not on any medications that she knew of. She said he had cancer 3-4 years ago but was declared cancer free. She had seen the victim the previous day and he seemed fine with no complaints of being ill. A perimeter was established around the residence and the coroner called in to investigate.
ASSAULTOn Nov. 9 police responded to a call at 443 E. Fifth St. and found Joshua Day lying on the sidewalk, asking to be taken to the hospital. The victim told police the suspect, Chris Vanata, came at him with a sword and struck his arm. Day had a large gash on his left arm. Vanata told police it was an accident and he didn’t do anything. Vanata was placed in the police cruiser but kept tapping the window asking if Day was all right, saying “they just fell while they were kinda horsing around.” Vanata had blood around his mouth and a cut on his chin that was bleeding. Greenville rescue transported Day to Wayne ER; the officer transported Vanata. Vanata had fallen asleep, woke up for a CAT scan and fell asleep again while they were stitching up his chin. Day was also treated for his wound. Upon release from the hospital both individuals were transported back to the residence. After receiving consent to search, police recovered the sword. Vanata was arrested for felonious assault and transported to the Darke County Jail.
On Oct. 31 police responded to Wayne Emergency regarding an assault. The victim, Jacinda Chasteen, said she had been assaulted outside her residence at 201-1/2 Warren St. She had been arguing with Kelsey Lynch and Alicia Shilt on Facebook regarding another individual. Shilt had telephoned Chasteen she was going to come to her residence and “stomp her head in.” That night she was walking a friend to her vehicle when Lynch, Shilt, Tyler Jett and two unknown females exited their vehicle. Lynch and Shilt held Chasteen down and began punching her in the head and face. During this time two witnesses exited Chasteen’s residence. Jett threatened them with a baseball bat to leave the three alone. He also struck the vehicle of Chasteen’s mother, shattering its taillights. Chasteen had several cuts and marks on her face, scratches on her neck, a black and blue eye and a cut above her eye. Lynch was advised she will be cited for assault. When contact has been made, Shilt will be cited for assault and Jett for criminal damaging.