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Father, son face charges from fight at restaurant

A Thomson man and his son are facing criminal charges stemming from a recent fight in downtown Thomson.

The fight at Hogie Joe's on Railroad Street at about 10:20 p.m. on Monday, June 7, reportedly injured two men and a woman.

Victims were treated at the scene for various injuries by McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services personnel.

Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson identified the arrested men as Steven Brooks, 41, and Shawn Brooks, 21, both of the 1500 block of Oakwood Road, Thomson.

The men initially were each charged with one count of battery and one count of simple assault, according to jail records. They have been released on bonds from the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.

"This case is still being investigated and further charges are pending," Chief Nelson told reporters during a press conference.

The police chief said these types of incidents "will not be tolerated in Thomson, Ga. We will be diligent in prosecuting those who fight at businesses within the city limits."

Police received a call concerning a fight in progress, according to a report filed by Thomson Police Officer Clay Hammond.

The officer said Steven Brooks and his son, Shawn still were yelling at another party of individuals -- some of whom had been injured -- when he arrived in the parking lot near the new business.

When asked, Steven Brooks told Officer Hammond people from the other party were making fun of his son's pants.

Mr. Brooks said his son walked outside and confronted Henry Lonergan, 55, of the 4900 block of Cobbham Road, Appling, and a group of people standing with him. Mr. Brooks said Mr. Lonergan reportedly walked towards his son.

A short time later, the younger Mr. Brooks struck Mr. Lonergan in the face with his fists.

The older Mr. Brooks said he then began a fight with Dennis Bullard, 49, of the 3500 block of Mistletoe Road, Appling, striking him in the face.

Greg Smith, a witness, told police the older Mr. Brooks struck Mr. Bullard repeatedly and would not let the victim get up after he fell to the ground.

Several other witnesses supported the same information.

At least one woman was hit in the face and received a laceration to her lip.

Web posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010

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