Man Battered With A Hammer At Downtown Jacksonville Bar

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 8, 2022 at 4:21pm

A pair of Jacksonville men were arrested yesterday evening after Jacksonville Police were called to a downtown tavern over a physical altercation involving a hammer.

Jacksonville Police and LifeStar EMS responded to a report of a man with injuries after a physical altercation at Lahey’s Lounge located at 311 West State Street at at 5:53PM Sunday.

According to police reports, 66 year old Gordon D. Merriman of the 800 block of Hoagland Boulevard was arrested for aggravated battery after police say he allegedly struck another man with a hammer during the physical altercation.

Merriman remains lodged at the Morgan County Jail without bond as of this morning. No further information was provided on the other individual in the police report.

Also arrested in the incident was 57 year old Donald J. Bell of the 600 block of South West Street after he allegedly admitted to police that he punched the victim during the altercation. Bell has since posted bond and been released from the Morgan County Jail.