Bond Set For Alleged Medford Stabber 5/11/18
On May 10, 2018 at 4:40 p.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls reporting a fight and stabbing in progress on County Highway Q south of State Highway 64 in the town of Medford. Taylor County Sheriff’s deputies and Medford ambulance service were dispatched. A 24 year old male, Stormy R. Webber of Medford and 25 year old Derek J. Novak of Phillips were both transported from the scene to Aspirus Hospital of Medford with injuries.
The investigation into the incident indicates the two men confronted each other on the side of the road over relationship and child care issues. The confrontation turned physical and Derek Novak produced a military style knife, Webber was unarmed. During the fight Webber was stabbed several times resulting in serious injury that required he be air lifted from Medford for medical treatment. Novak also received medical treatment for his injuries and was released from Aspirus Medford and is currently being held at the Taylor County jail.
Investigation into the stabbing is ongoing.
The 25 year old man who is the alleged knife wielding stabber involved in a Thursday night, May 10th fight on Medford’s west side was in court Friday (this morning), May 11th. Derek Novak was led into the Taylor County courtroom wearing the jail issued orange jump suit as he appeared for a bond hearing. Court Commissioner William Grunewald presided over the hearing. Novak was represented by Hannah Hittle from the state public defenders’ office.
District Attorney Kristi Tlusty told the court that Derek Novak is facing some serious charges including possibly attempted murder. D.A. Tlusty illustrated her further concerns as she told the court that Novak was charged in a violent incident on April 9th in Price County when he was alleged to have assaulted his wife. Novak was out on bond with one of the conditions of bond that he not be involved in any criminal behavior when the alleged stabbing occurred.
Stressing the need for protecting the public, D.A. Kristi Tlusty requested a cash bond of $200,000.
Public Defender Hittle requested a cash bond of $1,000 as she stated that Novak needed the ability to continue working and support two 3 year olds and a stay at home wife.
District Attorney Tlusty told the court commissioner that the public needs to be protected and that Novak’s alleged April 9th assault of his wife occurred in the presence of the children.
Commissioner Grunewald indicated that Derek Novak is facing an alleged serious offense. He said that the need to protect the public outweighs the need to support a family. Bond for Novak was set at $200,000 cash with conditions that Novak have no contact with Stormy Webber or Joanna Backstrom.
District Attorney Kristi Tlusty said that the initial appearance for Derek Novak is set for June 19th in Taylor County Court. Charges relating to the Thursday night stabbing incident are pending.