Burglary, assault charges filed in Waitsburg clubbing

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WALLA WALLA — A Waitsburg man was formally charged Friday afternoon with entering a woman’s home last week and attacking her.

Stephen R. Gipson, 68, of 231 Bruce St., is accused in Walla Walla County Superior Court of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

Officials said Gipson went into the residence of Norma Raymond on Warren Street in Waitsburg about 2:15 p.m. Monday.

He allegedly pushed Raymond, 67, to the floor and then hit her with a wooden club in the arms, leg and back of her head.

Raymond then reportedly took the club away from him and hit him, causing him to leave.

When deputies arrived, Raymond was bleeding and said she had been hit several times.

She reportedly told deputies the man identified as Gipson had accused her of stealing his car and cellphone.

Gipson was located and booked into the County Jail on Tuesday.

He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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