The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 28, 2014

Alleged knife thrower has $50,000 bond set

GENEVA — A Geneva-on-the-Lake woman is hoping her former boyfriend does not come up with $50,000 in cash to be released from jail after he was officially charged with felonious assault and domestic violence Monday afternoon in Western County Court.

“I want people to know that he did this to me. I think he is going to get away with it,” the victim said after Joe Nicholson, 33, had his initial appearance in court. "He is a good talker."

Nicholson is charged with stabbing the woman on May 11 after she told him their relationship was over, the woman said.

 She was present in court to view the proceedings and sign a protection agreement. After the hearing she displayed a scar in the back of her head where doctor’s removed a blade.

The woman said Nicholson threw a knife at her and ran from the home.

 “If my daughter wasn’t here for Mother’s Day I would have died,” she said.

Nicholson was on the run until early in the morning Saturday when Geneva-on-the-Lake police received a tip that he was staying in the Mentor area, said Geneva-on-the-Lake Police Chief Tim Bruckman.

He said GOTL officers, and the Mentor Police Department, had a three hour standoff at a Mentor residence before he was captured around 5 a.m. In court Nicholson said it was not a standoff he was just a sleep under a blanket.

Bruckman said numerous knocks on the door went unanswered before members of a Mentor SWAT team were called to the scene.

Western County Court Judge David Schroeder explained a detailed protective order that allows Nicholson no contact with the victim if he makes his bail.

Schroeder said a preliminary hearing would be scheduled in the near future.

Nicholson said he was not going to hire an attorney and did not wish to apply for a court appointed attorney.

“Do you intend to handle this on your own?,” Schroeder asked the defendant.

“Yes sir,” Nicholson said.

Ashtabula County Assistant Prosecutor Gene Barrett asked for a $50,000 cash surety bond after receiving information that led him to believe Nicholson might be a flight risk.

Barrett said he became aware of an “in-state” warrant involving a violent incident in Tennessee.

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