Domestic disturbance lands two people in jail

A neighbor called 911 last Friday, September 30 to report an active physical domestic disturbance at a residence on Williams Street that landed two people in jail.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court by Lt. S.A. Place of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, police arrived on the scene at about 10:45 a.m. to find a woman out front saying she had been told to leave.

Inside, officers reportedly found “total disarray” and a man lying on the kitchen floor with a stab wound on the back of his neck. A steak knife was allegedly lying nearby covered in blood.

“Help me,” the man was reported to say in a low voice before EMS transported him to Berkeley Medical Center.

Meanwhile, the woman reportedly told police the man was beating and choking her because she refused to go buy vodka. She claimed she only remembered trying to get away.

The woman, identified as Tammy K. Christenson, 55, of Berkeley Springs, reportedly had red marks around her neck. She was arrested and charged with malicious assault.

The man, identified as Jason B. Byerly, 46, of Berkeley Springs was arrested and charged with strangulation.

Both people are incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail awaiting a hearing in the incident.