Three charged with attempted murder

  Three people were booked into the Cloud County jail Friday night on charges of attempted murder.
 According to Cloud County Sheriff Brian Marks, Jason Weeks, Marlene Keil, Salina, and Leroy Taylor, Clay Center, were all arrested on attempted murder charges stemming from a report of a fight Friday night at 415 Elizabeth in Miltonvale.
 When officers arrived in Miltonvale, they were met by the person who had called 911, who said a male individual had entered the house and struck David Dowdell, 46, in the head with a hammer. Marks said the reporting person knew the suspect and gave a full description of the vehicle and said it was headed toward Salina.
 At approximately 10:15 p.m., Marks said Undersheriff Nicholas Patterson located the vehicle southbound on Highway 81, and with the assistance of the Kansas Highway Patrol made a felony stop on the vehicle that fit the description given by the witness. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officers saw a hammer with blood on it sticking out from under the passenger front seat.
 The three individuals in the vehicle, Weeks, Keil and Taylor, were then taken into custody and transported to the sheriff's department where they were booked into the jail on charges of attempted murder.
 Marks said a search warrant was obtained, and officers found numerous packets of methamphetamine, a large sum of cash, as well as the hammer believed to have been used in the crime. The three individuals remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
 Dowdell was transported by Concordia EMS to Clay County Hospital, and later transported to Salina with a serious head injury, Marks said. His condition was unknown at press time.


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