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Rockholds parent accused of assaulting Whitley County High baseball coach at game


William Asher

A Rockholds parent is facing felony assault charges over an incident involving two Whitley County High School baseball coaches that occurred during a Tuesday evening ballgame.

Constable Lonnie Foley charged William H. Asher, 43, of Lonnie Patrick Road, with disorderly conduct stemming from the incident.

Whitley County Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Lennon later charged him with two counts of third-degree assault.

The incident happened about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday as Whitley County High School was hosting Lynn Camp High School during a regularly scheduled baseball game.

Sheriff Colan Harrell said that Asher's son had just drawn a walk and Asher became upset when the coach pulled him for a pinch runner.

Asher then entered the dugout while the game was still going on and had a verbal confrontation Whitley County Head Coach Kyle Adams, Harrell said.

After yelling at Adams, Asher then allegedly pushed him from behind and put him in a chokehold or a headlock, according to authorities.

Asher then had to be physically restrained by coaches and players. While being restrained from hitting Adams, Asher allegedly struck a second coach.

Several juveniles were present during the altercation.

Constable Lonnie Foley arrested Asher at the scene about five minutes after the incident started.

Lennon, who is a school resource officer, later filed the assault charges.

Asher was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

The sheriff's department is continuing the investigation and further charges may be filed at a later time.

Asher is a 1988 graduate of Lynn Camp High School where he was a star player in both football and baseball.
 

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