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June 30, 2014

Beckley man charged in screwdriver stabbing

Raleigh County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Beckley man after another man was injured with a screwdriver at a local bar early Sunday, according to officials.

Matthew Sean Toler, 33, is at Southern Regional Jail Monday under $75,000 bond on a felony charge of malicious wounding.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Raleigh Magistrate Court by Raleigh Sheriff’s Deputy R.A. Cox, police received a call just before 1 a.m. Sunday that a man had been stabbed with a screwdriver at Billie Joe’s bar on North Eisenhower Drive.

When Cox arrived, he saw that a Beckley officer had detained Toler in the bar parking lot. Toler and his girlfriend were seated in Toler’s Dodge Avenger, and Cox noted that Toler had blood on his clothing and that blood was “throughout the vehicle.”

Witnesses told Cox that Toler had stabbed the victim, Steven Gravely, “several times” in the face and that they had broken up the altercation.

Both of the men and Toler’s girlfriend had been in the bar drinking prior to the altercation, said Cox.

Gravely was taken to Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital for treatment, according to the complaint, but information on his condition was unavailable Monday.

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