As of Tuesday, July 10, 2018
KAMIAH A preliminary hearing is set for this Thursday for a Kamiah man alleged to have physically assaulted a lineman by striking him in the head with a gun.
Earl A. Clough, 73, is charged with aggravated battery and robbery, both felonies. He is released from custody on a $50,000 bond, pending his July 12 hearing in magistrate court.
Charges resulted from a June 28 incident reported on Simler Road. According to court records, Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative reported one of its linemen had been threatened by a subject and then struck in the head by a gun.
ICSO Lieutenant Doug Ulmer, deputies Roberto Hernandez and Stan Denham, and detention deputies Christian Gulotta and Mike Victorino made contact with Clough on Woodland Road and arrested him.
According to the investigation, the ICLP employee, Eric York, was working on the power lines on Simler Road when Clough approached him very angry about the location of the ICLP vehicle and damage to a hay field. Clough is then alleged to have demanded the keys to the vehicle and when York declined, Clough raised the .410 shotgun he was carrying and allegedly hit him in the head with the barrel and held it to his head.
York gave Clough the keys, Clough moved the ICLP vehicle off Simler Road, where it was parked, and walked away to his residence before leaving in a four-door vehicle.
According to the probable cause statement, Clough stated he “just lost it,” in this incident. Leading up to this, Clough explained he had been having conversations with ICLP employees about not driving on his property, a hay field, which, he said, was being damaged by vehicle traffic.