(02/28/2012)
Three months after a gay man was beaten outside the Millstone Inn, no charges have been filed by the State Police who have been investigating the incident, according to Spencer Newspapers.

Trooper J. E. Kincaid of the Grantsville Detachment told the paper he is still looking into the matter, saying "It's still an ongoing investigation."

Steven Long, 36, of Cincinnati, and he mother Shirley Ball, 63, of Grantsville, and his aunt, Carolyn Newrones, 70, of Mantua OH, went to the Millstone Inn to listen to Karaoke on Saturday, November 26.

Ball said her son had been drinking when he patted a woman on the buttocks as a joke, and when the woman's boyfriend got angry, Long told him he was gay.

The family reported that Long was severely beaten in the bar's parking lot, and he was taken by ambulance to Roane General Hospital. Other family members claim they received injuries in the mle.

The bar's owner, Evangeline Darling, denied the incident was a gay bashing, saying she had a gay bartender for years without a problem.

While the family is claiming the incident is a hate crime, West Virginia law does not recognize sexual orientation subject to hate crime laws.

The family told media the FBI is investigating the incident.

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