Grand jury files charge

WARREN – A Trumbull County grand jury has indicted a North Bloomfield man accused of fatally stabbing a man at the Bristol Inn bar earlier this month.

The grand jury presented the murder indictment against William J. Helmuth, 45, in a special report presented on Friday.

Helmuth has been lodged at the Trumbull County Jail since authorities apprehended him following the Jan. 16 fatal stabbing of Craig Neighbor, 41, of Bristol.

His case was assigned to Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay. A preliminary hearing had not been scheduled as of Friday.

Helmuth was arraigned last week in Newton Falls Municipal Court. At that time, his bond was set at $1 million.

Reports state an argument between the two men at the bar, located at at 6233 state Route 45 at the intersection of state Route 88, escalated into a fight that ended in Neighbor’s death that Thursday night.

Investigators have said little about the case. Police were called to the bar about 9 p.m. after receiving reports that two men had gotten into an argument and that one had stabbed the other.

Neighbor was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Neighbor died from multiple stab wounds, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office. His death was ruled a homicide.

Helmuth left the bar after the stabbing and was apprehended later, according to reports.

The grand jury indictment cancels out the need for the preliminary hearing that had been scheduled in municipal court.

Court records show that Helmuth has had various brushes with police and faced charges ranging from disorderly conduct and menacing to assault. He was due to appear in Newton Falls Municipal Court at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an incident Jan. 1, 2013.