By NR Staff • 

Man stabbed in Carlton


The victim, identified as 18-year-old Bruce Posey, was taken to the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. He was being treated there for a stab wound in the back.

The suspect, Andrew J. Kearnes, 20, was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on one count of second-degree assault. Under Measure 11, the Class B felony carries a lengthy mandatory minimum prison sentence on conviction.

Kearnes was arraigned Tuesday. Bail was set at $150,000.

Kearnes had been staying in Dayton, but hails from Washington, according to Capt. Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office. Svenson gave this account:

Late Sunday, Posey got into an altercation with two other teen males. Several hours later, Kearnes, older brother of one of them, returned to Carlton and confronted Posey in a church parking lot near his home.

In the course of that confrontation, Keanes pulled a steak knife, stabbed Posey in the back and fled. The victim managed to get home on his own, and his family called 911 about 2:20 a.m.

Deputies recovered the knife at the scene and proceeded to track down several witnesses for interviews. They began looking for Kearnes, who turned himself in at the sheriff’s office in McMinnville about eight hours later.

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