Bellevue man accused of trying to kill wife

BELLEVUE A Bellevue man faces seven criminal charges after he wrapped a chain saw chain around his w
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



A Bellevue man faces seven criminal charges after he wrapped a chain saw chain around his wife's wrists, dragged her with it and then shot at her, sheriff's deputies said.

Ronald Dority, 43, 7300 block County Road 175, Bellevue, is being held without bond at Erie County jail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, domestic violence, violating a protection order, having a weapon while under disability and possession of cocaine.

According to reports, Dority went to his wife Beth's Castalia home just after 7 p.m. Monday and found her sleeping in bed. He told deputies he "attempted to choke her and she woke up," the report said.

Dority then wrapped a chain saw chain around her wrists and dragged her across the road into some woods, the report said. After that he pushed her into his Chevy Suburban and drove until he needed gasoline.

During the drive he shot at her with a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun, missing and hitting the dashboard instead, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.

At that point two acquaintances of Dority's son tracked him down. They found him at the Marathon gas station on Ohio 269 and were holding Dority to the ground when deputies arrived, the report said.

"He went over there in an attempt to talk to her, and obviously that didn't work out," Sigsworth said, adding that Dority had not lived at the Castalia residence for about two years.

Beth, 43, was taken to Bellevue Hospital for lacerations on her wrists and facial wounds, the report said.

She filed for a civil protection order against her husband twice, in 2004 and 2007, according to Erie County Common Pleas Court records.

"He has a drinking problem," she wrote in her second request. "I have given him many chances to stop. He will not."

The two filed for divorce in December 2007, court records state.

The shotgun, along with a large folding knife and straight-blade kitchen knife, were located in Dority's SUV and confiscated for evidence, deputies said.

Having the weapons was a violation of the protection order, Sigsworth said.

Dority told deputies he snorted three lines of cocaine and drank four beers before going to see his wife. During the arrest Dority said he wanted to kill himself, the report said.

Jail administrator Capt. Todd Dempsey said Dority is under mental health observation and is isolated from the rest of the jail population.

"We have to view him physically every 10 minutes," he said, adding the watch remains in effect until mental health workers say Dority no longer needs extra care.

Dority's criminal case is being processed in Erie County Court in Milan. He could be arraigned on the charges as early as Friday, clerks said.

He was previously convicted of attempted domestic violence in August 2007 and put on probation for three years, court records state.

His 18-year-old son was named as a victim in that case.