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Ardie Lee Huffman, left, and Brian Cleveland

Two Dickinson men face assault charges

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Two Dickinson men accused of assaulting family members in separate incidences could be released from the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center if they meet terms set Friday at bond hearings at the Stark County Courthouse.

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According to a criminal complaint, Ardie Lee Huffman, 33, who has been in Dickinson for about a year after moving from Las Vegas, allegedly strangled the mother of his children Wednesday.

Huffman, who was speaking via video from jail, told Judge William Herauf that he had not received a copy of the criminal complaint and did not know what the charges were against him.

But he said he had an attorney.

After the charges were explained, Huffman said the couple's children, ages 2 and 3, were not present at the time of the dispute.

He admitted to drinking prior to the incident, but said Brandi Craig, the alleged victim named in the criminal complaint, had not been drinking.

Herauf said Huffman would need to post $500 before his release.

"You also must not have contact with the victim in this case, unless it is through an attorney," Herauf said. "Visitation with your children can be arranged between the victim and an attorney. You need to stay at least 300 feet away from the victim and stay away from alcohol."

Bond was also discussed for Brian Cleveland, 35.

He is accused of punching his brother, Torrance Nez Cleveland, after Nez allegedly took off in his truck.

According to the criminal complaint, Nez Cleveland lost a tooth in the Thursday incident.

Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning said he saw photographs of the victim following the incident. "The pictures were quite bloody," he said.

Brian Cleveland, speaking via video from jail, explained how the confrontation developed.

"Without permission, he took off with my truck," he said.

Brian Cleveland added that both he and Nez Cleveland had been drinking prior to the incident.

Henning asked Brian Cleveland where he would stay if he was released on a $500 cash bond, given that he and Nez Cleveland are roommates and Brian Cleveland would be required to stay away from his brother per the terms of his bond. Brian Cleveland said he would find somewhere else to stay.

Both defendants are charged with aggravated assault, a Class C felony. The maximum penalty for the charge is a $5,000 fine and five years in prison.

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