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Crime Stoppers: Large disturbance on Hickory Street

By The Herald Staff | 3/12/2014

Franklin County law enforcement agencies are looking for information on a large disturbance last week in Ottawa.

Brandon Lee Ellsmore, 27, Ottawa, and Dennis Kelley, 28, Ottawa, suffered non-life threatening injuries in a fight about 8:50 p.m. March 6 in the 500 block of Hickory Street, according to an Ottawa Police Department news release. The two men were taken to area hospitals. Ellsmore and Kelley were the only persons injured in the altercation, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said, though a large group of individuals was in the area yelling at the time officers arrived to the scene. No arrests were made in the incident.

“Anyone who saw any of these unusual activities, persons, or vehicles sitting in the area would be encouraged to call Franklin County Crime Stoppers,” a press release from the Crime Stoppers organization read Wednesday.

Tipsters may call Franklin County Crime Stoppers at (888) 311-TIPS or (888) 311-8477, submit a tip through Franklin County Crime Stopper’s Facebook account, text tip to 274637 (begin text with keyword “Franklin”), or online at Tipsters can remain anonymous.  

Franklin County Crime Stoppers will pay as much as $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of any person or persons committing a crime in Franklin County.

Ellsmore and John D. Balbirnie, then-45, Ottawa, were involved in a July 28, 2010, altercation that ended in the death of 24-year-old Ottawa resident Paul Duane Nicholson. Ellsmore, who entered a plea bargain in exchange for testimony against Balbirnie, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for reckless aggravated battery. Ellsmore testified that Balbirnie stabbed Nicholson in the chest. He also admitted to stabbing Nicholson himself the same night, saying he stabbed him when the man charged him during an altercation.

Ellsmore was released Aug. 30, 2013, on parole from state prison.

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