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An Albany man who reportedly bludgeoned people in Lebanon with a propane tank on Tuesday night was charged Wednesday afternoon in Linn County Circuit Court.

Nathan Michael Clark, 22, is accused of two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of attempted second-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Judge Dale Penn set his bail at $40,000, and a status check hearing in the case is scheduled for April 12.

Clark’s charges are slightly less than what he was initially suspected of when arrested by the Lebanon Police Department. Such changes in charges as cases progress through the courts system — from arrest to initial arraignment to indictment to resolution — are not rare.

The prosecution also is seeking to revoke the driving under the influence of intoxicants diversion for Clark due to his failure to abstain from marijuana and alcohol, according to court paperwork from mid-March.

He pleaded no contest in September to DUII, entering into the diversion program at the same time. At that time, Clark’s address was in Jefferson.

Clark, who also has lived in Lebanon in recent years, has convictions in the last five years for second-degree theft, aggravated harassment, and assaulting a public safety officer.

According to witnesses, on Tuesday night, Clark was with a group of people smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol and became loud and belligerent and a scuffle ensued. 

Clark grabbed a propane torch and began swinging the metal body of the tank, witnesses said. 

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.

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