Charges leveled in 3-year-old bar brawl

JEFFREY EDWARDS

BY STACI WILSON

A Virginia man is being held on $500,000 bail in the Susquehanna County jail after ballistic reports matched his gun to a bullet shot at a car in Susquehanna County, in June 2008.

Jeffrey Bernard Edwards, 49, of Cana, Va., waived his preliminary hearing before Judge Jeffrey Hollister in Montrose District Court on Monday.

He has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in connection to the case.

Edwards will now be formally arraigned in the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas on April 26.

Events surrounding the case begin with a June 27, 2008 fight at the Queen of Hearts tavern, Main St., New Milford between Jody Inman, Mt. Airy, N.C., and Clifford Grosvenor, of New Milford.

According to the police affidavit, following the altercation Inman drove to the New Milford area motel where Edwards was staying and the two men then went to Inman’s trailer which was parked at a job site at Rock Ridge Stone, Williams Pond Rd., in Bridgewater Twp.

According to police, two of Grosvenor’s friends, Bradford Page and a woman, drove to Inman’s location in an attempt to retrieve his wallet and phone but their vehicle was fired upon and the two left the scene and called police.

In a police interview later that day, Inman said both he and Edwards had pistols and that both men had fired toward the vehicle in an attempt to thwart any further altercation.

Inman told police he had a .45 caliber pistol and Edwards had a 9 mm. Ruger.

But Edwards’ account of the events on June 28 contradicted that of Inman.

Edwards told police that although he had his pistol with him, he did not fire any shots at the vehicle.

Police found a bullet located in the interior of the vehicle. Entry was determined to be from the rear trunk area.

The bullet and Edwards’ gun were sent for analysis and it was determined the bullet recovered from the vehicle was fired from Edwards’ handgun.

In August 2009, Inman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of possessing a weapon of a crime and disorderly conduct.

He received a 15 month probationary sentence in September 2009.

Grosvenor, 41, New Milford, also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, criminal conspiracy aiding – simple assault in connection with the June 2008 events. He also received a 12 month probationary sentence.

Page, 32, New Milford, was sentenced to serve three to 15 months on probation for criminal conspiracy and simple assault in connection with the incident.