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Dillon Valley man accused of attempted murder

Daily News staff report
Special to the DailyMichael Newcomb, 43.

Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown announced this week that he will intensify the charges against a Dillon Valley East man accused in January of striking his significant other in the head with a hatchet.

Brown said that he will seek to prosecute Michael Newcomb, 43, on several felony and misdemeanor charges, including: Attempted second-degree murder, a felony that could carry a prison sentence of 10-32 years; second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, a felony that would carry 10-32 years; two counts of menacing, a felony that could result in up to 6 years in prison; and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor that could carry up to 2 years in county jail.

On Jan. 31, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic dispute. The incident was initially reported to 911 by a neighboring couple who heard a “scuffle” in the condo below and the victim’s cries for help.

Investigators say that Newcomb struck his female companion in the head with a hatchet. The woman was transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. She suffered a six-millimeter fracture to the back of her skull, investigators say. Additionally, the victim was struck in the front of the head with a metal pipe that the couple used as a type of doorstop. This blow caused an injury that required several stitches.

Newcomb was scheduled to have his first court appearance today. His bond has been set at $7,500, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.

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