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Man charged with battery at Sugar Grove Corn Boil

Published: Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:34 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014 10:55 p.m. CST

SUGAR GROVE – A 40-year-old man was arrested Friday night after an altercation during the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, Sugar Grove Police Chief Pat Rollins said.

George Kearns, of the 900 block of Oak Street in Sugar Grove, was charged with one count of battery, according to police. The incident occurred at about 10:40 p.m. Friday in a grassy area about 500 feet southwest of a stage at the Corn Boil, Rollins said.

Kearns was involved in a dispute between family members and their significant others. Words were exchanged and a man later identified as Kearns picked up a collapsible folding chair that was in a carrying bag, Rollins said.

"He came up and struck the victim from behind from the side of his face to across the bridge of the nose," Rollins said.

Two men refused treatment at the scene.

Rollins said the incident did not disrupt any of the stage entertainment, and this was the first reported altercation at the Corn Boil since he became chief in early July 2013.

"This is still a family-friendly environment, it’s just unfortunate that there was a disturbance," Rollins said.

Kearns was released on an I-Bond and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 15, Rollins said.

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