Domestic complaint leads to multiple arrests


Two Bellefontaine residents were arrested following a domestic complaint Monday around 6:30 p.m.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Office was called out to a residence in the 400 block of North Detroit Street. While en route, dispatch advised a female, Mindy Gallagher, 33, held a razor blade up to the caller’s throat and then left the scene on foot.

Upon arrival, deputies checked on the caller, Justin Bates, 33, and he advised Gallagher did not return.

Authorities patrolled the area and could not locate Gallagher.

Deputies returned to the home and spoke with Bates. He told authorities Gallagher was angry with him because he wouldn’t give her a ride to Walmart and because he locked her out of the residence.

Bates stated she grabbed him by his hoodie and slammed him up against the backdoor. Gallagher then grabbed a butter knife a tried to stab him. Bates said he grabbed the butter knife, bent it, and then Gallagher threw it to the ground.

Gallagher threw him toward the refrigerator, grabbed a box cutter, and attempted to slice his neck. Bates told deputies he grabbed her wrist to keep her from cutting him further.

Authorities observed small cuts on his chest, neck, and right shoulder blade.

Bates stated he and Gallagher have a child together and have lived with each other for the past 3 weeks. He also mentioned they had been married for around 5 years.

Deputies went outside to their cruiser and saw Gallagher walking. They caught up with her and told her she was a suspect in an incident they were currently investigating.

Gallagher stated she and Bates got into an argument and she attempted to leave. Bates then grabbed her and refused to let her go. She said he pushed her up against the refrigerator.

She admitted to slapping Bates and stated there was no knife involved.

Deputies noticed a bruise on Gallagher’s right arm.

Dispatch advised authorities there were warrants out for both Gallagher and Bates for unrelated incidents.

Gallagher was placed under arrest for the warrant, domestic violence, and felonious assault.

Bates was placed under arrest for his warrant.

They were both transported to the Logan County Jail.

At the jail, staff investigated Gallagher’s injuries further and observed red marks on her lower back which appeared to be from being pushed up against a wall.

The report was sent to the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office for their review and to consider charges against Bates.

The case was also sent to the Logan County Children’s Services for their review.