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Deputies: Woman sharpened wooden stake, stabbed neighbor's chickens

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A woman sharpened a wooden stake and stabbed her neighbor's chickens before a confrontation with deputies that ended when she was hit with a Taser, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to the 32000 block of Peoria Road, west of Shedd, at 7:43 p.m. Thursday.

A homeowner called 911 to report a woman was on the property with a shovel and a knife. Deputies arrived to find 55-year-old Laura Jean Groh in a chicken coop.

Investigators said she was stabbing the chickens with a stake. Six chickens were found dead.

Deputies ordered Groh to come out of the coop, but investigators said she raised the wooden stake and came toward them. As she continued to advance, a Taser was used by deputies.

After Groh went to the ground, deputies said she grabbed a cloth rag and attempted to swallow it. The deputies were able to get the rag out of her mouth to prevent her from choking.

Groh was uninjured, but one deputy received minor injuries in the altercation.

After she was taken into custody, deputies noticed smoke coming from Groh's home across the street.

Firefighters responded and found an inflatable plastic exercise ball in a hot oven.

Groh was placed on a police hold and taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

The sheriff's office is forwarding the case to the district attorney's office for possible charges of animal abuse, trespassing and attempted assault on a public safety officer.

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