Man Hospitalized After Fight About Party Balloons

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A southern Kentucky man is in serious condition today at UK Medical Center after a fight. The Laurel County Sheriff says the fight started over stolen balloons.

The sheriff says Brad Freeman and Shawn Asher went to a home on Old State Road to asked about the missing balloons.

Witnesses say the two men then began to argue with the homeowner, Charles Murphy, and a 14-year old boy. The sheriff says when Murphy tried to get Freeman and Asher to leave his house, a fight broke out.

Officials say Murphy hit Asher in the head with a piece of pipe and the 14-year-old boy attacked Asher with a baseball bat.

Freeman and Asher managed to get back in their vehicle and went to Marymount Medical Center.

Asher had to be flown to UK Medical Center in critical condition, but he's since been upgraded to serious condition.

Murphy and the 14-year-old boy were charged with first-degree assault.


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  • by JUST COUROUS Location: WESTVIRGINIA on Jun 4, 2007 at 08:03 PM
    BALLOOONS HOW CRAZY I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT WAS WHAT THIS WAS OVER.I BELIEVE YOU SHOULD PROTECT WEHAT IS YOURS BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THAT IF SOME ONE BREAKS THE LAW CALL THE POLICE OFFICIERS AND LET THEM. BUT WHAT I AM COUROUS ABOUT IS HOW MANY PEOPLEHAS CO9MMENT ON THIS NOT KNOWING EITHER PARTYFEELS BOTH SIDES ARE GUILTY AS THE OTHER. GOD HELP ALL OF YOU WHO THINKS YOU ARE PERFECT AND CANT MAKE TNHE SAME MISTAKES DONT THROW ROCKS AT A GLASS HOUSE UNLESS YOU CLEAN UP YOU CLEAN UP YOUR OWN BACK YARDS. BUT FOR BOTH SIDES OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED YOU AREIN MY PRAYERS. I HOPE SHAWN IS DOING WELL AND MAYBE READY TO COME HOME AND AS FOR THE TWO IN JAIL WELL I HOPE THERE IS JUSTICEFOR ALL. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
  • by roseanna Location: london on Jun 2, 2007 at 04:42 PM
    No one on here knows the real story, and i had just heard about this page and wanted to see what it was all about. Do you people really have nothing else to do. The only people that should be talking about it is friends and family. None of you know what happened, you wasn't there so leave the story alone. Do something better with your time
  • by A Friend Location: London on Jun 2, 2007 at 11:39 AM
    I have read all these comments, and I know the family of the 14yr old boy. They are not liers or theifs as some of you are saying. They have lived on that road for 21yrs and have never had a problem with neighbors. They are also hard working people and they have everything they want and need. Some of you are making it out as they are trash. Well you are very very wrong. I also think when you hear both sides of what happened you will see who the trouble makers are.
  • by tisha Location: cincinnati on Jun 2, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    dear anonymous you don't have the story strainght the did attack first and if you were so sure you had it right why you need to be anonymous
  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Jun 1, 2007 at 03:11 PM
    People read the story and get things right before you post these comments and make yourslef look bad, the boys went to the house with NO weapons or ANYTHING on them and simply asked the father to speak with the son about returning the ballons.. they did not attack,punch or harm the 14 year old in ANY way...when they were asked to leave a argument started and while walking off the porch Murphy attaked Asher, so befor leaving a comment sounds like you need to get the story straight!
  • by LYNN Location: LONDON on Jun 1, 2007 at 11:23 AM
    YES This is the same Shawn Asher that was involved in the Cell Phone incident a few months back I think they were picking on someone at that time too.
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 1, 2007 at 09:09 AM
    Yeh, Mike, but we need a few more friends and relatives input, it's getting too...logical :)
  • by Josh Location: Georgetown on Jun 1, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    This story just seems to funny to be real. Not funny in the sense that someone is in the hospital but fighting over balloons? Sheesh, how backwards can some people be? What will happen next? Will someone beat up someone because they drove in front of their house and the vehicle they drove emitted fumes from the exhaust pipe that made the homeowner mad? That's how ridiculous this story is.
  • by MIke Location: Lex on Jun 1, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    mel...I have to agree with you. I can't get enough of it either. It's like an episode of Cops meet Jerry Springer.
  • by Susan Location: Louisville on Jun 1, 2007 at 05:57 AM
    Anyway you look at this situation, it can only be explained in one way. Uneducated rednecks fight over the most ridiculous things because they don't know how to act in a civilized manner.

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