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Independence County deputies arrest man for alleged assault

Independence County Sheriff’s deputies were called on Friday morning, May 11, to a domestic disturbance on Section Lane.

The caller to dispatch said, “Timothy Bardis was pushing Jennifer Johns around, and then had her on the ground,” according to the police report.

The police report also said when the first deputy, Zach Spohr, arrived, he saw someone wearing an orange shirt hit the ground. Spohr said he got out of his patrol car and saw 46-year-old Timothy Wade Bardis advancing toward him.

Spohr noted in the report he gave verbal commands that Bardis ignored. Spohr said he had to physically detain Bardis and then place him in his patrol car so he could investigate the situation. Both Deputy Spohr and Corporal Gary Franks reported that Bardis would not cooperate with commands and continued to yell and bang his head on the cage inside the patrol unit.

Spohr said, more than once, Bardis said, “I’ll kill you.” Bardis was placed in jail, and the woman who was in the domestic disturbance, 34-year-old Jennifer Mae Johns, was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Deputy Spohr said Bardis is facing two counts of felony first-degree terroristic threatening charges, felony aggravated assault on a household member, and misdemeanor resisting arrest and public intoxication.

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