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Michigan City man charged for knocking out daughter's coach

March 13, 2012|By Jason Overholt (joverholt@wsbt.com)

Police say a Michigan City man has been charged with Class C felony battery after punching the assistant basketball coach at St. Stanislaus School into unconsciousness.

This happened shortly after 3 p.m. last Wednesday. During practice two players got into an argument and were punished by being made to run laps inside the gym.

When 37-year-old Shelly S. Miller, the father of one of those players, arrived at the school police say he was angered by his daughter's punishment so he approached assistant coach Jeffrey Yackus and punched him. Yackus was knocked to the ground and police say Miller climbed on top of him and continued punching him in the face and head, rendering him unconscious.

Head coach Robert Johnson stopped Miller, who then left the school. Yackus was taken to the hospital to be treated for a concussion.

After an investigation Miller was arrested on Friday and charged with battery. His bond was set at $15,000. He bonded out Monday night.

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Yackus, who coaches fifth through eighth-grade students, has been with the school six years. On Tuesday he told WSBT he is speaking with an attorney.

The family is no longer affiliated with the parish or the school, WSBT learned Tuesday. We knocked on Miller’s door, but no one answered.


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