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LaFayette police report being dispatched to yet another incident involving an alcohol-fueled domestic disturbance at the Depot (Caboose) Park.

On the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 21, a Walker County deputy arrived to find Darin Lamar Henderson, 44, bleeding from a wound on his back and sitting on a bridge at the park.

LaFayette police and Walker County Emergency Services Medic 21 soon arrived and tended to Henderson, who refused being taken to a hospital for treatment.

The victim told the reporting officer that his girlfriend had stabbed him after accusing him of seeing another woman.

The officer reported smelling alcohol and asked Henderson how much he had had to drink. The victim replied that he had only one apple cider beer for that day and that his assailant had also been drinking at the time of the incident.

A witness reported seeing a woman argue with Henderson and take a swing at him, but had not seen any stabbing.

Police were unable to locate the girlfriend and Henderson said he did not want to prosecute her.

Prior alcohol-related lover’s quarrel

This is not the first time police have dealt with a domestic dispute involving Henderson.

Earlier in August he and Anita Josephine Cox, 45, were arrested for disorderly conduct at the same park after the couple had been drinking and became embroiled in a loud argument.

On Thursday night, Aug. 6, officers were dispatched to the park at 411 West Villanow St. where they found Henderson and Cox, both smelling of alcohol, arguing.

The two were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Police report having responded to several complaints regarding adults hanging out, drinking and littering at the park where children sometimes play.

Prior park incidents

On the morning of July 1, police observed David Ray Strickland, 61, of Rossville urinating behind the Alpine beer store on West Villanow Street near the park.

The officer noticed Strickland had slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and that his pant’s zipper was open.

Strickland was arrested,transported to the Walker County jail and charged with disorderly conduct.

Josh O'Bryant is a reporter for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga.

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