Assault, drug charges filed
Eagle Staff Writer
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January 11, 2017

EVANS CITY — Adams Township police say they discovered a marijuana-growing operation inside a house where they were called for a domestic disturbance.

Gene P. Ruhle, 28, was released on $10,000 bail Jan. 3 after waiving to court 16 charges stemming from an incident at his house last month.

Police were called to Ruhle’s house on Dobson Road at 11 a.m. Dec. 21, according to the criminal complaint.

At the house, officers interviewed Ruhle’s girlfriend who said that the two had gotten into an argument that morning while still in bed.

She said he had kicked her out of the bed, pulled her hair and assaulted her several times around the house.

The alleged assaults included punching her in the face with a closed fist, strangling her until she lost consciousness and hit her head, holding her down and spitting on her and cutting her lip. He also allegedly threw her cat out of the house in anger.

While at the house, the officers also observed mason jars filled with suspected marijuana and other drug paraphernalia in plain view, according to the complaint.

Later that day, they executed a search warrant at the house and allegedly found a large growing operation in multiple rooms. They reported removing 84 suspected marijuana plants, weighing more than 18 pounds, along with grow-light fixtures, water circulators and other growing supplies. They also confiscated 220 grams of suspected marijuana that was processed and ready for sale.

Ruhle was arraigned that night and placed in the Butler County Prison on $100,000 bail. His charges include two counts of felony aggravated assault, two counts of felony drug possession, four counts of simple assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and unlawful restraint.

District Judge Wayne Seibel reduced his bail amount to $10,000 Tuesday when he appeared in court.