A jury trial is scheduled next month for a North Logan business owner, accused of assaulting a man and woman last fall in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Brian L. Hirschi was arrested early October 28, 2018, after deputies were called to a disturbance at the Blue Moon Bar & Grill.
The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office reports that when authorities arrived on the scene, they located a man with a large amount of blood coming from his face and head. Doctors later determined the man’s face was fractured and needed reconstructive surgery.
Several witnesses told deputies that they watched Hirschi allegedly punch the victim. They claimed that the suspect then left the bar and was found at a nearby camp ground.
Investigators later spoke to a woman who claimed that Hirschi was highly intoxicated at the time, and had also choked her briefly. The second alleged victim had several red marks on her neck and shoulders.
Hirschi was also treated by doctors and found to have a broken hand. He denied assaulting either of the individuals, and claimed his injury was from getting his hand slammed in a trailer several weeks earlier. He was arrested and charged with attempted strangulation and aggravated battery. The felony charges could carry a prison sentence if he is convicted.
Court records show Hirschi pleaded not guilty to both charges in November, after being bound over for trial during a preliminary hearing. The jury trial is scheduled to begin July 9. A final pretrial conference is scheduled for June 24.
Hirschi owns BLH Enterprises Incorporated. The company rents recreation equipment in Bear Lake.