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Aggravated burglary

Police arrested a 49-year-old man for allegedly breaking into a woman’s house and assaulting her.

At 7:30 a.m. on Friday, officers drove to a residence in the 2600 block of Pine Street on an aggravated burglary call. Police said Merle Branstetter had reportedly kicked in the back door of the home and hit the woman inside.

The woman had a restraining order against Branstetter, and had swelling around her eyes and mouth when officers arrived, police said. She was reportedly scared for her well-being without being able to close and lock her back door.

Officers were able to locate Branstetter at his workplace and arrest him for aggravated burglary, a felony; simple assault, a misdemeanor; and privacy in communication, a misdemeanor. He was transported to the county jail.

Man says he’s wanted, but isn’t; gets arrested anyway

A 31-year-old man was arrested Sunday for reportedly lying to police officers.

According to police, officers were called to a home in the 3200 block of Carter Street around 7 p.m. to speak with a suspicious man in the yard. When officers arrived, they located Andrew Brazill hiding in the bushes.

Police said Brazill reportedly told the residents of the Carter Street home that he was hiding in their bushes because he was wanted by police. Brazill allegedly told officers he was living in the residence next door to the yard, and gave them a phony name.

Officers discovered Brazill was not wanted by police, did not live in the residence next door and was not who he originally said he was. Once Brazill was identified, police transported him to the county jail for obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor.

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Strangulation

Police are looking for a man who allegedly dragged a woman by the neck on Friday night.

According to police, officers were called to meet a woman who had been assaulted at a location in the 10 block of North Jackson Street. The woman reportedly told police her boyfriend became angry with her, grabbed her by the neck and dragged her from the home’s bedroom to the kitchen.

Police said the woman was able to get out of the residence with her children and call 911. Officers noticed marks around her neck.

As of Monday morning, officers were investigating the incident and no arrests had been made.

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