Man facing child neglect, strangulation charges


A Weston man was arrested and charged with two felonies on Oct. 23. Raymond E. Bowers, age 35, was arrested after two deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call regarding a domestic violence incident. The victim, who is the defendants girlfriend, told officers of three incidents where Bowers had harmed her and their infant child.
According to the criminal complaint, the first alleged incident happened in May 2018. The victim said that she was carrying their infant child when Bowers became extremely agitated, and she began running up the stair in fear of him. The victim claims that Bowers then struck her in the back of the neck, which caused her to fall down the steps on top of their child.
The complaint then states the victim told deputies about a second incident that occurred on July 15. The victim was taking a shower when Bowers entered the bathroom while holding their infant child. Bowers then allegedly began choking the victim with his right hand and lifting her up off the ground, which caused the victim to almost lose consciousness.
The victim then ran into another room and Bowers placed their infant child on the bathroom floor. According to the criminal complaint, Bowers then aggressively closed the shower curtain which resulted in the curtain rod falling on the child’s back and leaving a bruise.
The complaint also says that there was a third incident that happened on July 29. Bowers allegedly slapped the victim while she was putting on lipstick which caused a small laceration on her lip. Bowers was charged with one felony count each for child neglect creating risk of injury and strangulation. Bowers remains in jail with bond set at $50,000.
Eric Skaggs, 64, of Weston, was arrested on Oct. 23 and charged with felony DUI 3rd Offense. Patrolman Minney, with the Weston City Police Department, responded to call regarding a possibly intoxicated driver near the Main Avenue area. According to the criminal complaint, Patrolman Minney observed a truck matching the description and initiated a traffic stop.
According to the criminal complaint, the officer could smell alcohol coming from Skaggs, who stated he drank two beers prior to driving. Patrolman Minney administered the three standardized field sobriety test and Skaggs failed all three tests. Skaggs’s BAC registered as .160.
The complaint states that Skaggs was then placed under arrest and transported to the Lewis Count Judicial Annex. Skaggs has two prior DUI convictions from March 22, 2018, and Sept. 6. 2017.
Joseph S. Yoak, age 18 of Weston, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for conspiracy on Oct. 27. According to the criminal complaint, a call was made regarding a suspicious person outside of an after-school function at Robert L. Bland Middle School.
Yoak claimed he was there waiting and attempting to pick up two juveniles from the school, and stated he allegedly had permission from the juvenile’s father to pick them up via text. Investigation revealed that Yoak did not have permission to pick up the juveniles, and he admitted to falsely stating so.


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