Incident with ax leads to arrest

ELLSWORTH — A city resident was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a woman and used an ax to destroy a piece of cleaning equipment Sunday evening.

Police were called to a Grant Street residence shortly before 6 p.m. for a report of a domestic dispute “where the male was damaging property with an ax.”

Following an investigation, police arrested 29-year-old Joseph Gallagher and charged him with domestic violence terrorizing and assault.

Detective Dotty Small said Gallagher destroyed a piece of carpet cleaning equipment with the ax, and also allegedly threw a hammer through a window in a camper, breaking the glass.

Small said police also determined Gallagher had assaulted a woman at the residence. She said it appeared alcohol may have been involved.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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