BPD: Arrested man repeat domestic violence offender

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BLANCHESTER — A Blanchester man was charged with domestic violence after police say his girlfriend showed up at the police station with a head laceration and blood on her body.

At around midnight on Friday night, Rachel Frazier, 24, came to the police station stating she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, James Penwell, 34, according to Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt. He said Frazier and Penwell reside together, with their 2 year old child, in Penwell’s mother’s home on Willow Drive.

“Frazier’s body was bloody and she was suffering an obvious laceration to her head,” said Reinbolt. “An ambulance was summoned, which transported her to Clinton Memorial Hospital.”

He said officers went to the Willow Drive residence and arrested Penwell, and charged him with domestic violence.

“Penwell and Frazier’s child was present in the home and was left in the care of his grandmother,” said Reinbolt. “Evidence at the scene indicated a bloody assault took place in the bathroom of the residence.”

Penwell had been charged by Blanchester police with domestic violence as well as endangering children on Aug. 30 for an assault on Frazier while his son was present, Reinbolt said.

“Frazier was hospitalized after that incident,” said Reinbolt. “Penwell pled guilty to that domestic violence charge and the endangering children case was dismissed.

“He was ordered to complete a 20-week anger management course and to report to the Court in February for a review, said Reinbolt, adding, “It would appear that sentence did not have the desired effect on his behavior.”

Reinbolt said this latest case will be forwarded to Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer for his review of the case against Penwell as a repeat domestic violence offender, which is felonious conduct under Ohio law.



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