New Middletown Street Department Supervisor accused of assaulting wife, denying her food
New Middletown Street Department Supervisor, John "J.D." Melvin has been arrested on Monday on a charge of domestic violence.
According to a police report from the Poland Township Police Department, Melvin and the victim, identified by police as his wife have been arguing over monetary issues.
Police say the victim is confined to a wheelchair because she had lost her leg and as such is unable to work.
According to police, the victim had gained weight due to these medical issues, causing Melvin to allegedly deny her food and place a slide lock on the food cabinet that she cannot reach.
During another argument, police say Melvin allegedly pushed the victim down and struck her with a clenched fist. Melvin allegedly told police that the victim had fallen, but police say bruises on the victim appeared inconsistent with a fall injury.
According to police, this abuse had been happening for at least a year.
Melvin is currently in the Mahoning County Jail and is charged with Domestic Violence.
21 News reached out to New Middletown Mayor, Harry Kale to find out whether or not Melvin has been placed on leave due to these charges. Mayor Kale refused to comment on the matter.
Melvin is scheduled to be arraigned via video in the Struthers Municipal Court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.