IR assault case advances


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – An Iron River Township man has been bound over to circuit court in Iron County on two of the four felonies he faced from an alleged assault incident earlier this month.

Bruce Allen Blough, 54, will be arraigned on Feb. 19 on one felony count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, one felony count of discharging a firearm in a building, and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence.

If convicted on all counts, he could spend up to 14 years in prison.

Following a preliminary examination in Iron County Trial Court on Tuesday, Judge C. Joseph Schwedler found that there was not probable cause to believe that Blough committed the additional felony counts of felonious assault and interfering with electronic communications.

The charges stem from a Jan. 15 incident in Iron River Township.

The victim testified in court that she and Blough were arguing when he assaulted her by grabbing her neck, then pinning her down on a bed.

She added that when she left the bedroom to go to the bathroom, she heard two gunshots.

A Michigan State Police trooper testified that he retrieved a 380 handgun and two shell casings from the scene. He said that one casing was located about one foot outside the bedroom door and the other casing was located inside the room.

During cross examination, Blough’s attorney Roy Polich asked the victim if Blough ever pointed the gun at her or threatened her with it. She said no.

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