(1-18-23) Late Friday night at 11:44pm Van Wert County Sheriff Deputies responded to a report of an assault at a residence in the Village of Venedocia.

Vernon Edward Hobbs (61), who is the current Mayor of Venedocia was arrested on one count of 1st degree Misdemeanor of Assault, and one 3rd degree misdemeanor count of Unlawful Restraint. Hobbs was being held at the Van Wert County Correctional Facility.

David Burden (48) of Venedocia was issued a summons to appear in court for Disorderly Conduct, Minor Misdemeanor charge.

The two were both arraigned in Van Wert Municipal Court yesterday, both pleaded not guilty yo the charges.. Burden’s case is set for trial 0n February 7th at 10:30am, while Hobbs trial is scheduled for February 7th at 2:15pm.

Hobbs was instructed to have no contact with the alleged victim, Burden was present during Hobbs hearing.

Both were released on their own recognizance.