Wife’s work schedule sparks Dysart’s scuffle

Posted Nov. 23, 2009, at 9:30 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Two men were charged with disorderly conduct Sunday morning after a dispute that erupted over breakfast at Dysart’s Truck Stop & Restaurant.

Charged were Donald Decker, 60, of Hermon, and Leonard Wells, 50, of Greenbush, who are co-workers at Bangor Lead Abatement.

According to a police report written by Deputy Todd Nadeau of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, the episode began when the two men sat down to have breakfast together at the Hermon truck stop, along with their boss and Decker’s wife.

Nadeau said that the boss, Kenneth McCue of Thorndike, told him that Wells was upset that his wife, who also works for the company but was not present during the dispute, had to work on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Wells began voicing his dissatisfaction about his wife, who reports to Decker, having to work on those three holidays and “got progressively upset to the point that he began getting closer to [Decker’s] personal space,” Nadeau wrote in his report.

Nadeau noted that Decker told police that he tried pushing Wells back for his own safety, “which is when [Wells] allegedly swung at [Decker] with a closed fist but missed him. At this point, there was some pushing and [Decker] took [Wells] to the floor.”

Nadeau said a witness confirmed that Decker “never threw a punch” at Wells. The deputy further noted that Decker “was very apologetic and wanted the management of Dysart’s to know that he was sorry for engaging in the altercation. [He] was very cooperative and remorseful over the entire incident, stating that he knew [Wells] well and that none of this should have happened.”

Though the owner did ask that charges be brought against the two combatants, he did not want to pursue criminal trespass charges.

Decker was issued a summons for disorderly conduct at the truck stop. Wells received his summons, also for disorderly conduct, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, where he was taken by ambulance for treatment of a rib injury he suffered in the scuffle.

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