Two arrested in separate domestic violence incidents

By Joe Gorman


Police arrested two men in separate domestic-violence incidents early Monday and Sunday.

About 12:20 a.m. Monday, police were called to a home in the 200 block of Maywood Avenue for a report of a fight with a gun. When they arrived, a woman told them her husband, James Lee Colyar, 46, had held a loaded handgun to her head and threatened to kill her.

The woman said she and Colyar had argued a few days earlier, and he had left for New York City without telling her and came back Sunday with a friend. After the friend left, the woman and Colyar argued in a bedroom, reports said, and the woman’s daughter came into their bedroom with a baseball bat and told Colyar not to hurt her mother.

Reports said Colyar became enraged and said, “Oh, you really want to play that?” and grabbed a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun from a nightstand, pressed the gun to his wife’s head and threatened to kill her and burn down the house.

The woman and her daughter ran out of the bedroom and called 911, reports said. Colyar told police he kept the gun in a safe in the basement. When officers went to look for it, they found it in a bushel of clothes after Colyar told them the gun was really there, reports said.

Colyar was arrested on a charge of domestic violence because of the threat of harm and taken to the Mahoning County jail. Police also confiscated the handgun, reports said. At his arraignment in municipal court via video hookup, he said he was a corrections officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His bond was set at $5,000, and he is to have no contact with his wife or daughter.

About 7:35 p.m. Sunday, police were called to a home in the 600 block of Mistletoe Avenue, where a woman said her boyfriend had poured a can of gasoline on her head. Reports said the woman told police she was arguing with 61-year-old Larry T. Bridges, who lists the home as his address, and she told him to leave.

Reports said Bridges went into the garage and was taking things belonging to the woman’s dead husband, and she came outside and told him to stop.

Bridges then picked up a gasoline can and poured gasoline over the woman’s head, reports said.

Reports said the woman smelled of gasoline and her eyes were burning because of the gasoline.

Paramedics were called but the woman refused to go to the hospital, reports said.

Bridges was arrested on a charge of domestic violence and also taken to the jail. His bond was set at $5,000 during his arraignment, and he is also to have no contact with the victim in his case.

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