Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man on an assault charge Sunday.

James Ray Releford, 31, was booked for assault and battery on a minor. Authorities allege he punched a 15-year-old girl in the back, choked her and hit her repeatedly with a belt.

In an unrelated matter, Debbie Young told deputies Friday someone took her purse.

Lloyd Kirk said his Craftsman mower was taken last Wednesday.

Dick Mackeen also filed a report last week alleging cash and some silver dollars and quarters were taken from his home.

Stephen Josey reported a break-in Friday at his home. Nothing is believed to have been taken.

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