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January 3, 2014

Two court cases delayed

Two cases, one involving a woman who allegedly grabbed a 13-year-old’s face at a football game and the other involving a man who allegedly pulled a steak knife on a sheriff’s deputy, won’t go to trial on Monday, Jan. 13, as planned, District Attorney Bert Poston said.

Official reasons for the delays were not provided Friday by the District Attorney’s office.

• Lana Blaylock, a Dalton woman charged with battery and simple battery for allegedly fighting with a teenager at Harmon Field during a Catamount football game in October 2013, was scheduled to appear before Judge Jack Partain on Friday to state whether she is ready for trial on Jan. 13. Her appearance was delayed until Tuesday, Jan. 7, Poston said.

Blaylock has previously said she scratched the boy with her fingernails, but did not mean to and was trying to get away from him because she felt threatened.

• Ronald Len Merrill of Dalton was scheduled to appear before Partain on Friday to state whether he is ready for trial on Jan. 13. That trial has been continued until March 24, Poston said.

Merrill faces two counts of aggravated assault (family violence), false imprisonment, battery (family violence, first offense), three counts of obstruction and two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer for allegedly threatening and choking a woman and then pulling a serrated knife on a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy at the scene.

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