Newton Township man arraigned in shooting

NEWTON TOWNSHIP — A township man was arraigned Monday on charges linked to a shooting Saturday morning at the Blue Water Manor Mobile Home Park.

Clarence Peyatt, 76, appeared via a video hookup between the jail and Newton Falls Municipal Court to answer a charge of attempted murder.

No plea was entered because it was a felony, a court spokeswoman said, but Judge Philip Vigorito set bond at $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3 before Vigorito.

Peyatt, who jail records show was still in custody as of Monday afternoon, was arrested after Ralph “Eddie” Chipps, 59, of Newton Township, was wounded about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 15 Kings Drive in the mobile home park off Carson Salt Springs Road.

A report states Chipps was shot once in the stomach and taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. A call made to the hospital on Monday showed Chipps was not there.

According to the report, Chipps was walking along Kings Drive when a man yelled his name from a front porch. The report said Chipps turned around and caught fire from a 20-gauge pump shotgun.

A report from the Trumbull County 911 Center states that multiple shots were fired, but only one shot hit Chipps.

A Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office report shows Peyatt was booked into the jail at 11:32 a.m. The weapon allegedly used in the shooting was recovered at a nearby home, the report states.

According to Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich, the investigation is continuing. The two men, who were not related, may have had an ongoing personal dispute, the 911 report states.

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