DATE: Thursday, May 14, 2020
SUBJECT: Arrest Made in Weed Eater Attack
CONTACT: Colonel Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an east side man for attacking his neighbor with a weed eater. 

On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 11:59 AM deputies responded to 8010 Spry Road to investigate a report that a man had been assaulted with a weed eater. Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies spoke with the victim, Mr. Russell Roth.

Roth advised that his neighbor, Mr. Gail Kammerer III, had been weed eating a ditch on the opposite side of the roadway. Roth indicated that he did not like the fact that the grass clippings were landing in the street. Roth admitted that he drove his riding mower into the street and then began blowing the grass clippings back towards Russell’s property.

Kammerer claimed Roth deliberately blew the grass clippings on him, which prompted him to attack Roth with his weed eater. Roth, who had his shirt off at the time of the attack, suffered multiple lacerations to his back. The injuries appeared consistent with the size of the plastic trimmer line used by Gail’s weed eater. Roth refused medical treatment.

Gail was arrested for Battery as a Level 5 Felony, while Roth was issued a citation for Provocation as a Class C Infraction.


Gail E. Kammerer III (pictured above), 48, of Evansville. Battery as a Level 5 Felony


Russell C. Roth, 57, of Evansville. Provocation as a Class C Infraction

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