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Volatile situation leads to arrest on battery charge

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Michael A. Grigsby
Officials believe an attempt to talk out a volatile situation turned ugly recently and sent one man to the hospital and another to jail for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

According to information provided by Brazil City Police Department officials, the investigation began Sunday when the victim was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment for a serious laceration on his face around 6:30 p.m. Due to the extreme nature of the injury, he was later transported to the Indiana VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, for surgery to repair the deep cut across his face/nose area.

Apparently Michael A. Grigsby, 19, and John Burk, 26, both of Brazil, met in the parking lot of a local church to try and calm down a heated situation involving a third party.

However, according to investigators, the discussion turned violent and Grigsby allegedly attacked Burk with a yet to be identified weapon.

As the investigation continued into Sunday night, Grigsby was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary felony charges of aggravated battery and battery with a deadly weapon. He was initially held on a $25,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed.

In Clay Superior Court Tuesday, a probable cause affidavit for further incarceration was filed for Judge Blaine Akers' review. The formal charge in the matter was listed as a class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury. If Grigsby is convicted of the allegation the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 2-8 years in prison and has potential fines up to $10,000.

Grigsby's bond was set at $10,000 (with 10 percent allowed) with the conditions of a no contact order was put in place on behalf of the victim and Grigsby is not allowed to possess weapons of any kind while released.

According to jail officials, Grigsby remains incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings.

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You have to be kidding me, A guy can cut somebody up and bond out for $1,000. Another great job by the Clay County Judicial System, What a joke!!!

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 7:15 AM

Of all places for this to happen .. the parking lot of a local church.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 8:11 AM

If they check his pants pocket they will find Johns blood in there as that is where he put the weapon.

-- Posted by jackiesue53 on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 11:22 AM

I agree with you Schraderfan.

-- Posted by brazilbilly2 on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 11:25 AM

you people need to learn to read right, the bond was set a 10,000 w/ NO 10%, how do u get he can get out for a 1,000. You people dont have a clue how the law works. You just have nothing better to do

-- Posted by justice's mom on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 12:58 PM

Justices's mom - reread the second to last paragraph: " Grigsby's bond was set at $10,000 (with 10 percent allowed)..."

yuo apparntely only read the to the 5th paragraph: "...initially held on a $25,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed."

-- Posted by madman36 on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 1:04 PM

I like reading the comment sections on stories better than the comics, god I dont miss Brazil...

-- Posted by pantera1 on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 1:12 PM

First I am totally disappointed in our system. This man did not just scrape my nephew, he stabbed him in the nose and ripped it in half. That is not a Class C Felony. That is attempted murder. I can guarantee if this was done to one of the prosecutors family members or the judges it would be looked at completely different. Do they want to know that while John was in surgery getting 90 stitches to put his nose back together that he was awake for the whole procedure and the numbing shots did NOT work so he felt every one of those stitches? Letting this man out on $1000, REALLY???

Becki Arnold

-- Posted by onetwomany97 on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 1:34 PM

Grigsby's bond was set at $10,000 (with 10 percent allowed) with the conditions of a no contact order

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 2:55 PM

this is johns mom. he isnt out of danger yet , his nose could collapse ,and he could also have a large hole inside if it dies.... there was also knife marks on my sons vehicle , this man had every intention of killing him, and i will do what ever i can to see he gets attempted murder charges giving him a chance to bond out is just crazy . he will eventually hurt someone else . keep him where he belongs ...... IN JAIL!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by brazilbilly2 on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 3:02 PM


-- Posted by brazilbilly2 on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 3:06 PM

keep the crazies in jail and away from our children

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 3:24 PM

if anyone looked the guy that got hurt they took him to the indianpolis V.A hospital wich is for verterans..i cant belive that even our city judges and proscuters would let a guy go on 1,000 bond..maybe they would take a look at what people say on here i thought we were suppose to support people who are verterns and active service for the united states guess i was wrong..i hope that everyone that reads this understands that what was done is wrong and that the judge that is letting grisbey go for 1,000 is wrong hopefully this grisbey family lets this young man sit in jail i would not bail someone out for doing this to anyone expecially someone who gave up there life to fight for our country..

-- Posted by whitandtom on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 4:01 PM

I have read the story and the comments..I agree that $1000 is wrong. But,I'm sort of lost. Both agreed to meet in a church parking lot.Both knew something was going to happen. The man that got hurt was 26. If he is or was in the service,then maybe he should have known better than to go meet a 19 year old. I dont agree with what this 19 year old did.but, both should take some sort of blame..I think there is probably more to the story than is ever going to be put in print. I also agree with freedon1.It's all about the money the system can get..

-- Posted by whatthe? on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 4:18 PM

WHATTHE? The story reads:

"Apparently Michael A. Grigsby, 19, and John Burk, 26, both of Brazil, met in the parking lot of a local church to try and calm down a heated situation involving a third party."

They didn't meet at the church parking lot to fight.

I hope John recovers from his wounds .. inside and out. I agree they need to keep this "kid" in jail for a while.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 6:20 PM

You are correct. John went there to try to stop a fight between two other people. This Grigsby, brought a couple of buddies and some weapons. Yes, John maybe should have not went, but if you know anything about this man he is NOT violent. He served in our country and was injured, but the violence he incurred in his home town is unimaginable. I do not live in Brazil and I can say I am very grateful. I know Grigsby is young, but when you attack someone in the face, that is full intent to do more than just throw a punch.

-- Posted by onetwomany97 on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 8:14 PM

i am family of grigsby, yes what he did was wrong but i thank the whole situation was stupid but i beleive the finger needs to be pointed at the guy(thrid party) i no him personally he is nothing but trouble and he is the one that caused the whole fight i no he didnt make michael cut john but i no he had something to do with it i am good friends with john. i wish john well.


-- Posted by jspencer2 on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 9:22 PM

he is in the service and he did serve in iraq that is the truth. he did not go there to fight he went there to try and talk some since into this boy and try to help him . John has a big heart and would help anyone if he thought he could . He was injured in iraq and has alot to deal with now , however he still wants to help people unfortunately for him this time almost got him killed . I think this town is going to he-- and god help us all if they are gonna let people like that back on the streets ... he could possibly hurt a child in one of his rages, I agree i hope his family and friends leaves him in jail for everyones safety

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 9:24 PM

jspencer2 . dont know who u are i do know u are no friend of johns grigsby deserves what he gets and i will do everything i can to see it is attempted murder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 9:29 PM

Not that it matters, but is John Burk the son of JD Burk that used to own the skating rink?

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 10:44 PM


-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 10:49 PM

Battery?!? SERIOUSLY?!?!?

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 12:12 AM

good kids DO NOT stab people and try to kill them !

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 10:13 AM


Yes he is, he only tried to cut the guy's nose off instead of stabbing him in the heart. Another candidate for Clay County Man of the Year.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 12:11 PM

Yes he should stay in jail!!!

I have been to taco bell when he worked there and I can remember one time when he threatened to punch me in my face. Let me remind you I am a girl, and he had no right to threaten me. He is not a good guy at all. STAY IN JAILL!!!!!!!!!!! HE WILL DO IT AGAIN.

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 1:04 PM

well he is out of jail a family member bonded him out about 3 hours ago . keep your children close!!!! this man is crazy!

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 6:48 PM

maybe that family member who bailed him out should be put in jail with him..because there are both stupied...its said that this grisbey kid has a son..hopefully the mother will keep her son away from his father he could do this to anyone...god help brazil and help this city...

-- Posted by whitandtom on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 7:28 PM

I feel sorry for Grigsbys family. I do, but even good people who do bad things need to be punished. (I read he was good on here somewhere and everyone has something good about them). Being John's Aunt, I can only say he should be punished for his crime and not just a slap on the wrist.

-- Posted by onetwomany97 on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 8:30 PM

What a terrible thing. It sounds like this man, Grigsby, is an animal who should be kept in a cage. I can't believe that people would try to push the bologna that Grigsby is a good man. Good men try to talk out their problems like the victim did, they don't try to cut somebody's nose off.

Also, as I understand it, the Judge in the case sets the bond, not the Prosecutor or Police. I can't imagine that our Prosecutor didn't ask for the ten percent bond be denied in this case. I also understand that there is a common bond schedule that the courts go by and the crime is looked at by the level of felony that it is, not how heinous it is.

It's hard to believe that trying to cut off another person's nose is only a class C felony. Grigsby should still be locked up, but I imagine that a person with that little self control will do something soon to get his bond revoked. I just hope he doesn't kill somebody before he gets locked back up.

-- Posted by snow on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 12:46 AM

to johns mom you thank michael needs to be in jail and stay in there but wat about someone that burns down houses or molests little girls or beats up people for doing nothing, those are the ones that belong in jail but their not are they?

yes michael is out of jail and that comment you made about keeping your kids close maybe they should do that around your kids!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by jspencer2 on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 8:21 AM

JSPENSER2 .. part of "John's" problem is people like you who deflect HIS responsibility onto someone else (molesters). If he always has "you people" around to make excuses for his behavior, he doesn't have to "man up".

That's a huge problem with criminals (at any age) today .. they've never had to atone for their mistakes. Stop making excuses for why he did what he did. When the punishment fits the crime, the criminal has a better chance of learning from his mistake.

-- Posted by Emmes on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 10:05 AM

JSPENCER2 you have no idea what you are talking about, johns younger brother paid for his crimes ! when he did this with another person that you are calling child molesting it in fact was not classified as that and you will not find him in the zachery law book either. however i made sure that because my youngest son has a learning disability and is emotionally handicapped that he stayed in counceling for 7 years for that... and when he burnt the house down ,i am the one that took him to the police department and i am the one that sit there while they handcuffed him and took him away . i also made sure that while he was locked up for that year he stayed in counceling ,i wanted to make sure he understood that what happened between him and this other child was wrong . so you see i have no problem turning my boys in if they in fact did something wrong . i make sure they pay for there crime ... now that being said this has nothing to do with john and what happened to him . grigsbys family should of left him in jail where he belongs . its called tough love . you yourself cant amount to much or you wouldnt be upholding for this nut case

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 12:41 PM

jspencer2...... stay away from my family and i mean it !!!!!!!!!!you are not and never will be a friend of johns!!!!!! you are also crazy ,, it must run in the family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 1:18 PM

Sounds to me like a whole lot of crazy going on. This story makes me recall an old saying: It takes two to tango.

I have a hard time believing that either party involved went to this confrontation with a civil mind.

-- Posted by olmedic on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 3:05 PM

olmedic thats not true ,and he sure as hake did not deserve to get stabbed.. people are even saying that grigsbys parents are firsr cousins and thats why he is nuts..

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 3:24 PM

Lizajane, you should spend more time reading the dictionary rather than the newspaper. You are a perfect example for staying in school past the 4th grade.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 3:49 PM

wow, I M Lee Thall, Esq .... sorry i spelled a few things wrong, slip of the finger, I guess i was in to big of a hurry. Really dont matter though! Im off of here this is silly and i have better things to do . I already know grigsby will pay for what he did, and thats all that really matters here! " Graduated from brazil high school many years ago." If i was writting the president i would have taken my time !!!!!

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 5:29 PM

this town is getting bad.

-- Posted by omgoshlovethistown"not" on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 6:04 PM

Your finger is still slipping.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 10:05 PM

I have one she can borrow, LEE. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Oct 29, 2010, at 10:56 AM

You guy's don't need to be tlking bout john like that. If in fact you knew him you would like him. These are the kind of stories that start rumors. You need to get ur stuff straight before saying something that's not true at all! John is so soft hearted and outspoken that it's not funny! Just like I saw above, He would try to help any one that can be helped if he could. Sure, everyone has made bad mistakes in their lives but John did not deserve anything like this! That is why we give people second chances! SECOND CHANCES PEOPLE! I GARUNTEE THERE HAS BEEN SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE THAT HAS GIVEN YOU A SECOND CHANCE!Now lay off of John and deal with your own problems!

-- Posted by Mrs Maybaugh on Wed, Jul 20, 2011, at 5:58 AM

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