A Franklin County grand jury on Dec. 18 indicted a Whitehall man for attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Shelton D. Burnette, 42, was arrested by Whitehall police after an incident at 11:20 p.m. Dec. 9 at an apartment on Irongate Lane.

Officers responded to a report of a stabbing in progress at the apartment and found the victim lying on the ground outside.

Witnesses told officers the suspect -- later identified as Burnette -- had gone inside the residence and that two children were believed to be present.

Officers noticed fresh footprints leading from the door of the residence to a semitrailer parked in the driveway, and blood was visible on a curtain inside the truck, reports said.

While shining a flashlight into the vehicle, an officer saw Burnette inside, according to reports. Officers broke a window to unlock the truck and arrested Burnette, reports said.

After he was taken into custody and asked about the incident, the man told police he "snapped" and picked up a butcher knife in the kitchen, according to reports.

He allegedly told police he recalled stabbing the victim once in the doorway between the kitchen and the garage and then again outside before hiding in his truck.

The victim was stabbed 16 times and had lacerations on her back, chest, stomach and legs, according to reports.

Whitehall medics transported her to OhioHealth Grant Medical Centery, reports said.

A subsequent search of the residence found no one home. A child at the house had fled with her infant niece to a neighbor's apartment, police said.

Burnette initially was arraigned Dec. 11 in Franklin County Municipal Court, where a cash or surety bond was set at $200,000.

Burnette remained in custody at the Franklin County jail Dec. 18. As of ThisWeek's press time Dec. 18, the case had not been assigned to a courtroom or a judge, according to common-pleas court records.

In other recent Whitehall police reports:

* A man told police he was assaulted and robbed at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 in the 3700 block of East Main Street.

Police responded to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center early Dec. 12 after learning the man, who spoke limited English, had been robbed in Whitehall.

The man said he was walking home from work when two men accosted him, striking him in the back of the head and punching him before taking his wallet and the items he had purchased at a nearby store.

The man told police he believes he was unconscious for about 20 minutes. He said he walked to his brother's house; his brother's wife then drove him to the hospital. He sustained a broken nose and facial swelling, reports said.

* Burglaries were reported at 4:15 a.m. Dec. 8 in the 5300 block of Great Oak Way; and at 4:05 p.m. Dec. 8 in the 700 block of South Hamilton Road.

* Thefts were reported at 8:10 p.m. Dec. 7 in the 5200 block of East Main Street; at 8:50 p.m. Dec. 7 in the 300 block of South Hamilton Road; at 4:05 a.m. Dec. 10 in the 4700 block of East Main Street; and at 5 p.m. Dec. 12 in the 800 block of Westphal Avenue.

* Police arrested a 42-year-old man for assault, obstructing official business and resisting arrest at 2:20 a.m. Dec. 10 in the 800 block of Erickson Avenue.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested for assault at 3:10 p.m. Dec. 11 at Midcliff Drive and Poth Road.

Assaults also were reported at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at East Main Street and Robinwood Avenue; and at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 11 in the 4800 block of Langley Avenue.

* Vehicles were reported stolen at 6 a.m. Dec. 8 in the 5000 block of Dimson Drive North; at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the 4200 block of Rickenbacker Avenue; at 12:15 a.m. Dec. 10 in the 4400 block of East Main Street; at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 10 in the 200 block of Parklawn Boulevard; and at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12 in the 4700 block of Harbinger Circle East.

* Property destruction was reported at 2:35 p.m. Dec. 7 in the 4900 block of East Broad Street; at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the 4100 block of Beechbank Road; at 2:25 p.m. Dec. 8 in the 4200 block of Yearling Circle; and at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 12 in the 3600 block of East Main Street.