This story is disturbing to read. Thankfully, this woman and her mother are now safe.

Thank you to the brave police work of Noble County Sheriff's Dept and the Albion Police Dept and conservation officers.

I trust our court system will treat this crime with the seriousness that it deserves.


Man allegedly shot phone as woman tried to call 911
From Staff Reports
Sunday, April 22, 2012, 12:07am
From Staff Reports

WAWAKA — A rural Noble County resident was arrested after he allegedly shot a telephone a woman was trying to use to call 911 to report a domestic dispute Saturday evening in western Noble County, according to police.

Richard Gabbard, 63, of the 700 block of North C.R. 290W, Wawaka, was booked into the Noble County Jail on charges of criminal recklessness with a firearm and interfering with a 911 call.

At 8:44 p.m., the Noble County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a woman in the 7000 block of North C.R. 290W. The woman told police Gabbard had a shotgun and had shot the telephone as she was attempting to report a domestic disturbance between the two of them.

The caller was able to get to a second phone, and while she was on the line with dispatchers, reported that Gabbard was threatening to shoot her as well as the caller’s elderly mother who was also at the residence, according to a police news release.

Gabbard had allegedly made threats to shoot police officers as they arrived at the scene.

The caller was able to escape the residence, but her mother was unable to do so.

Deputies surrounded the home and were able to make contact with Gabbard, convincing him to come outside. Several minutes later, Gabbard surrendered to authorities without incident.

Assisting the Noble County Sheriff’s Department were officers with the Albion Police Department and Conservation Officers.