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Food fight provokes alleged domestic assault in Rogersville

June 6th, 2007 12:00 am by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE - A Rogersville man landed in jail late Tuesday night when - in response to being hit with a plate of food - he allegedly threw his aunt down a flight of stairs.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ethen Calhoun stated in a report that shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday he was called to 282 Richards Road, Rogersville, on a complaint of a domestic disturbance involving an assault.

The alleged victim, Michelle Brooks, 41, of that address told the deputy that she'd been in a verbal argument with her nephew and threw a paper plate full of food on him. The type of food was not specified.

Brooks alleged that the nephew, Timothy Jason Nerren, 27, also of that address, then grabbed Brooks by the neck and pushed her down a flight of stairs.

"While she was laying at the bottom of the stairs he walked down on her, stepping on her body and face," Calhoun stated in his report. "I observed several scratches on her neck and a bruised and swollen nose. She also stated her back and legs were hurting."

Nerren told Calhoun that after Brooks threw food on him they struggled and they both fell down the stairs.

Another woman who witnessed the altercation confirmed Brooks' account of the incident, however.

Calhoun said he determined Nerren to be the primary aggressor, and Nerren was arrested and charged with domestic assault and domestic vandalism.

Nerren was released from the Hawkins County Jail on bond Wednesday morning and is scheduled for arraignment on June 20.

Brooks was not charged in the incident.

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