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Forest fire chief faces domestic battery charge

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies Joey Mitchell and Thomas Pelling were dispatched May 5 to the home of Stace and Melissa Alter in the 7500 block of North County Road 830 East, Forest, on a report of physical domestic violence involving Alter and his stepson, Corey Williams, according to an affidavit filed in Clinton Superior Court May 9.

Melissa Alter advised Mitchell at the scene that her husband was the chief of the Forest Volunteer Fire Department and was under considerable stress because he had not been getting enough help from other FVFD volunteers, the court document reported. That evening Stace Alter drank a lot of alcohol, Melissa Alter said, and the couple had a cookout at their house with some of the FVFD personnel.

During the cookout, Stace Alter argued with a couple of the firefighters about FVFD issues, the affidavit detailed.

After those men left, Stace Alter went outside, and Melissa Alter, inside, began opining about her husband and the FVFD situation, according to Williams’ account of the evening, and Stace Alter overheard her.

When his stepfather angrily confronted Melissa Alter, Williams said, he interceded.

Williams told Mitchell he stepped between his mom and stepfather and put his hands on Stace Alter – not to threaten him but to say, “Hey, man, stop and calm down,” the affidavit detailed. Williams also said he dared his stepfather to hit him.

The dispute between the two males escalated into wrestling, although no punches were delivered. During the altercation, Stace Alter picked up Williams and threw him into a homemade bar, breaking it, Melissa Alter reported to Mitchell, as reported in the affidavit.

The other men still at the event restrained Stace Alter, and law enforcement was called.

At the scene, Mitchell observed a welt and cut on Williams’ shoulder.

Mitchell spoke with Stace Alter, who said no one had been hurt. When Mitchell asked him about the welt on Williams’ shoulder, the subject said it happened when he pinned his stepson on the ground.

When Mitchell informed Alter he would be charged by the state for domestic battery, Alter countered that Williams had attacked him and he acted in self defense. As Mitchell transported Stace Alter to the Clinton County Jail, the subject continued to insist there was no reason for his arrest, saying he had been in his own home and was attacked. 

Stace Alter faces one count of domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.