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Man charged felony battery in separate incidents

With a felony aggravated battery charge already pending, a Grangeville man has incurred two more in an unrelated incident last month at a campground along State Highway 14.

Cory L. Hawker, 41, is out on $50,000 bond awaiting a June 9 preliminary hearing in magistrate court on two counts each of felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor battery.

Meanwhile, Hawker has an Aug. 25 pretrial concerning an aggravated battery charge stemming from a March 16 incident in Grangeville.

Hawker’s most recent charges resulted from a May 25 incident at the Meadow Creek Campground at milepost 17. According to information from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) and District Court records, Hawker was camping with the victims when a dispute arose, and he allegedly struck both Kelly Blundell, 41, and Karrie Russell, 39, in the head with his fists; and then pushed two minor females, ages 7 and 8, into a table.

According to ICSO, motorist Joseph Rybecki discovered Blundell, unconscious and appearing to have been assaulted, lying on the highway. Rybecki contacted ICSO and transported Blundell to Syringa Hospital.

In the March 16 incident in Grangeville, Hawker is alleged to have punched and kicked the victim, Jeffrey Schnider, several times. Injuries Schnider received in the incident — a fractured nose, as well as stitches in the forehead and eyebrow, and bruising on his face and body — required treatment at Syringa Hospital.

The May 25 investigation was handled by ICSO Deputy Chris Williams, with the assistance of Grangeville Police Officer Paul Orgish. The March 16 investigation was handled by GPD Officer Wes Walters.


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