Salem man charged in baseball bat assault

SALEM — One man is in jail for a felony and another is being sought after an assault Saturday night with a baseball bat in a Vine Avenue apartment left a Salem resident with severe head and facial injuries.

EMT ambulance transported the 26-year-old male victim to St. Elizabeth Hospital in downtown Youngstown due to the nature of his injuries. Salem Police Detective Dave Talbert said he was conscious, but he wasn’t sure of his present condition, terming his injuries as serious and not life-threatening.

Shamar Gould, 35, of 684 E. Third St., was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and transported to the Columbiana County jail.

Police were called to the 200 block of Vine Avenue at 6:51 p.m. for an assault in progress. According to Talbert, two men forced their way into the residence and told the people inside the apartment to empty their pockets of any money or drugs they had. He said the victim appeared to be targeted and money was demanded from him.

One of the males had a baseball bat and struck the victim with it and Talbert believed he was the one in custody. Police were searchig for the other male.

Police recovered evidence from the scene and then executed a search warrant of the entire apartment with the Columbiana County Drug Task Force, with additional evidence taken from the scene.

Talbert said additional charges will be reviewed by the grand jury.