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Wood County Sheriff: Domestic violence reports up as restrictions lift

PARKERSBURG — As restrictions are lifted, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said the department has received more domestic violence calls than what it did when the stay-at-home order was in effect.

Four separate cases of domestic violence were handled in the Wood County Magistrate Court from over the weekend.

Howard Edward Dennison, 61, 207 Newbanks Road, Parkersburg, was charged with strangulation, according to a criminal complaint filed with the court.

On May 16, officers responded to 26 Triana Lane in Parkersburg to a domestic disturbance, the complaint said.

The victim said she was involved in an altercation with Dennison when he began choking her, holding her against the wall and threatening to strike her with a hammer, the complaint said.

The victim reportedly had redness around her neck and visible blood which was consistent with her statements, the complaint said.

Dennison was charged with strangulation and is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $150,000 surety bond.

Harold William McGraw, 50, 565 Sixth St., Parkersburg, was charged with domestic battery after his girlfriend claimed she had been injured in her face and neck, according to the criminal complaint.

The responding officer observed red marks on the victim’s face and neck, the complaint said.

The girlfriend, Elizabeth Ann Loscar, 37, of the same address, also was arrested for domestic battery after McGraw claimed she attacked him with a potato peeler and was upset because he wouldn’t get her pizza, according to the criminal complaint.

The responding officer said marks were observed on McGraw’s hand and a small gash over McGraw’s eye which was caused by a different object, the complaint said.

Loscar and McGraw were both released on $10,000 surety bonds.

Craig Allen Hardy, 32, 2502 Oak St. Apt. 4, Parkersburg, also was charged with domestic battery after he reportedly threw his wife out a door and down the stairs, which caused injury to her neck, according to the criminal complaint.

Hardy is being held on a $10,000 surety bond at the North Central Regional Jail.

Stephens said with the increase in domestic calls, another factor could be the dreary weather and folks not being able to go outside even though things are reopening.

“Dreary weather can affect people’s attitudes and can negatively affect those who struggle with depression, so that could be a factor,” Stephens said.

Staff Reporter Madeline Scarborough also contributed to the story.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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