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Man who severed another’s thumb at Jellico bars now behind jail bars

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By Sam Smith

LaFOLLETTE—A LaFollette man is in jail after reportedly severing a man’s thumb and attacking others on Sept. 29 at the Starlight Tavern in Jellico. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Jeffers was dispatched to the site near 1 a.m. after receiving word of a fight.

Josiah Fronckowiak, 30, was found sitting in his vehicle with injuries to his face. Jeffers spoke with other parties involved and discovered Fronckowiak had appeared intoxicated walking from the parking lot of the Starlight to the front yard, according to deputy reports.  When the man approached a group of people at the property, owner Hunter Perkins told him that he was not welcome and must leave, the report said. Fronckowiak reportedly left and pulled his vehicle from the north side of the parking lot to the south. The victims stated Fronckowiak then walked back to the property armed with a machete in his waistband. According to reports, he struck Preston Thomas, resulting in severing the tip of the victim’s left thumb. The ensuing struggle left Thomas with a small cut to his lower left leg. According to witnesses, Fronckowiak walked toward a gathering of four others and was restrained until Jeffers’ arrival. Along with his six charges of aggravated assault, Fronckowiak has been charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and public intoxication.
This was his first booking in Campbell County.