Wells man seriously injured in Sunday morning fight

A fight outside of O’Callahans Pub Saturday night left one man seriously injured and two more under arrest.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, just after midnight, police responded to a report of a fight on Main Street with an unconscious male on the sidewalk.

As officers arrived, they noticed subjects holding two suspects, 39-year-old Daniel Holcomb and 22-year-old Ian Loomis, away from 43-year-old Chip Vanderminden, of Wells, Vt. As they approached the scene, police said the crowd pointed to the two suspects, indicating that they were to blame.

An officer was able to detain Loomis right away, but Holcomb did not easily comply.

A second officer took Holcomb aside and asked him if he had any weapons; he said he had a pocket knife. The officer told him he was not under arrest, but he was detained until the incident was settled. When asked to put his hands behind his back, Holcomb resisted and began to pull away.

At this point, police put Holcomb under arrest for second-degree obstructing governmental administration and asked him to put his hands behind his back. Holcomb would not comply, so both officers took him to the ground and put handcuffs on him. He was also charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Meanwhile, Vanderminden was still on the ground with a nose that was visibly broken. He was also bleeding from the back of his head. EMS arrived on scene as did other village police, sheriffs and state police.

At the police station, both suspects were arraigned and processed; Loomis was charged with third-degree assault. Both men posted bail and were released.

Vanderminden was brought to Glens Falls Hospital. Sergeant Dave Williams said Loomis’s charges might be upgraded to felony assault because his injuries included a fractured skull and broken jaw, but a full medical report was not available.  As of Tuesday afternoon Vanderminden was in good condition at Glens Falls Hospital.

 Once more documentation is available it will probably be presented to grand jury for indictment. Police were not yet able to offer a motive for the fight because they had not finished their investigation.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Girls fall to Greenwich in opener

A stingy defense was too much for Granville to overcome in season opener Friday night. Granville was held to seven […]

Girls compete with Cougars

The Whitehall girls’ basketball team (0-3) is still seeking its first win of the season. However, the girls stuck with […]

Boys’ hoops handed first loss

After leaping out to a 2-0 start, the Whitehall boys’ basketball team was grounded at North Warren, 65-43. To say […]

Main Street rebounding, says dog salon owner

Dog Salon

By Dan King Malin Shepherd’s new dog salon on Main Street is a sign, she says, that the street is […]

Dared by friends, she write a novel

Author

By Derek Liebig It started with a dare. A few years ago, Granville resident Michele Sargent was having lunch with […]

Town to host hearing on fire protection

By Derek Liebig The town board will hold a public hearing later this month on proposed contracts for fire protection […]

School board discusses data, expenses

By Dan King The Whitehall Board of Education examined test data Monday and the analysis revealed the district still has […]

Village sewer fund gets $600,000 more

By Dan King The Village of Whitehall has received another $600,000 to work on sanitary and storm sewer separation in […]

All-star game for Milletts

Millett goes to Allstar game

By Dan King Whitehall-native Justin Millett, offensive lineman for the Glens Falls Green Jackets, represented his team at the Minor […]

Boys hoops fall in season opener

Greenwich’s ability to hit the outside shot sunk Granville in its season opener Friday night. The Witches hit 11 3-pointers […]

Commercial farming being redefined

The Town of Granville is in the process of updating its Right-to-Farm Law so that is differentiates between commercial and […]

School hires transportation coordinator

Tyler Kelly was hired as transportation supervisor for the Granville school district, replacing John Steves, who resigned last month. Kelly, […]