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Man’s nose bitten off, another injured after Saturday night brawls

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) ----- Three men were placed into police custody after a late-night disturbance ends with two people injured.

Court documents stating Blayre A. Ward, 24, of Dubuque, bit off another man's nose during the disturbance late Saturday night.

Police say Ward and John Turner, age 20 of Dubuque, were asked to leave Noonan's Tap late Saturday night.

Traffic camera footage shows Ward, Turner, and Austin Plumley, 21, of Guttenberg, Iowa, in an argument.

Afterward, two separate fights broke out.

The first fight between Ward, Turner and Austin Plumley. Austin Plumley fled the other two and made for a nearby residence.

Documents state that Ward then threw two large rocks into the residence, causing $350 in damage to a window, while yelling threats.

A second altercation then happened between the two Ward and Turner, and Scott Plumley.

Traffic camera footage shows Ward throwing multiple punches at Scott Plumley and Turner wielding a long metal pole.

Scott Plumley "fights back," according to court documents. During this second disturbance, police say Ward bit Scott Plumley’s nose, "biting the majority of it off."

News coverage partners Dubuque in Pursuit report that Blayre A. Ward was arrested early Sunday in the 1400 block of Bluff Street in Dubuque. Ward is charged with willful injury causing serious injury, first-degree harassment, assault causing injury, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and interference with official acts.

Austin Plumley had injuries to his head, neck, and knuckles from the initial assault and was treated at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center. Documents state that Austin Plumley was arrested at the hospital on charges of disorderly conduct-fighting and violation of a no-contact order.

John Turner was arrested in the 1400 block of Bluff Street on a charge of disorderly conduct-fighting.

Scott Plumley was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for specialized surgery to reconstruct his nose.

AJ Capuano

Dubuque bureau reporter, KWWL

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