Couple arrested after fight

A man and woman both were arrested after police were called to a dispute at their rural Franklin home.

James Gross, 47, was arrested on charges of domestic battery and strangulation. While strangulation means the act of killing by squeezing the throat, Indiana law defines it as intentionally applying pressure to another person’s throat or obstructing their nose or mouth.

Tiffany Lenoir, 43, was arrested on a charge of domestic battery, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

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Gross told deputies that he and Lenoir, his fiancé, had argued after she had failed to wake him up for a night shift at work, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

The next morning, Gross said that Lenoir hit him in the back of the head with an ashtray and hit him again on the back of the head with a flashlight as he had tried to leave, the report said.

Gross and Lenoir were each taken to a hospital for treatment, the report said.

At the hospital, Lenoir shouted obscenities and attempted to use a hospital phone after being told not to by a deputy, the report said.

Gross and Lenoir, both of 5011 E. County Road 250S, were arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail. Gross was held on $2,200 bond. Lenoir was held on $6,400 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.