The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

May 23, 2012

Joplin man accused of cutting sister during argument

The Jasper County prosecutor’s office has filed a felony domestic assault charge against a 24-year-old Joplin man accused of cutting his sister with a knife during an argument.

Lt. Brian Lewis of the Joplin Police Department said officers were called Friday afternoon to South Bird Avenue regarding a domestic disturbance. Lewis said officers found James Cole lying on the ground in an apparently intoxicated condition, and his sister, Kodi Jo Cole, 26, with injuries to her face and arm, and a small cut on the side of her neck.

The sister told police that her brother attacked her, grabbing her by the throat, pushing her up against a wall and placing a knife to her throat, causing the cut. He allegedly slammed her against the wall again and onto the floor before she was able to get away and call for help, Lewis said.

James Cole was arrested and charged with second-degree domestic assault. Kodi Cole told officers that she would have another family member take her to a hospital for treatment of her injuries, Lewis said.

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