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Teen recovering from surgery

A Lower Salem teen injured during a Saturday hunting excursion was recovering from surgery Monday at a Columbus hospital.

Dominick Ryan Oliver, 16, of 7765 Dalzell Road, was flown to Grant Medical Center via helicopter after his muzzleloader rifle exploded in his face, causing injuries to his right eye and hand.

“He had six and a half hours of surgery. He is up and improving and doing very well,” said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Oliver was deer hunting along Liberty Ridge Road during the short two-day window for anterless deer muzzleloader season, which took place Saturday and Sunday.

According to a report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the rifle apparently blew up while Oliver was inside a pickup truck.

After the accident, Oliver was spotted walking along Liberty Ridge Road by Benjamin A. Miller, 33, of Wingett Run, who called the sheriff’s office, picked up Oliver and transported the boy home.

From there, Oliver’s mother and brother took him to meet a Salem Volunteer Fire Department emergency squad, which took him to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is conducting an investigation into the incident.

Investigation into stabbing continues

The Marietta Police Department continues to investigate an Oct. 3 stabbing which sent a Marietta man to the hospital.

Scott A. Shankland, 43, was walking near the Ridgewood Court apartments, where he had been staying with a family member, when someone pulled his car alongside Shankland while he was walking.

“The guy that stabbed him supposedly drove up in a vehicle, got out, stabbed him, and fled,” said Marietta Police Department Capt. Jeff Waite.

Shankland, who was stabbed in the lower left abdomen, underwent surgery that same day and has since been released from the hospital, said Waite.

Shankland told police he did not recognize the man who stabbed him, but described him as a tall, slender, dark-haired man.

Waite previously said he did not believe the attack to be random. However, there is no indication that the attack was related to a pending criminal charge against Shankland-a third-degree misdemeanor charge of unlawful restraint involving an ex-girlfriend for which Shankland was arrested Sept. 10.

Shankland and the assailant are the only known witnesses, said Waite.

Police believe a knife was used in the attack, but have not found a weapon, he added.

The assailant could face a second-degree felony count of assault, which carries a maximum eight year prison sentence.

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