Alleged dispute with son lands Old Town man in jail

Posted April 16, 2012, at 9:28 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — An Old Town man was arrested Saturday after allegedly threatening his adult son with a metal object.

Michael Tardiff, 52, who was charged with domestic violence criminal threatening, remained at Penobscot County Jail on Monday night, a jail official confirmed.

The assault charge was elevated to Class felony status, punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both, because of a prior conviction. Tardiff is scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Tuesday.

Old Town police Sgt. Scott Casey said that Tardiff, who lives at the Regency Trailer Park, was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. when he turned up at the home of his son, who also lives in the mobile home park, wielding a jack handle.

Casey said the two had had a dispute earlier in the day and that Tardiff, who “had been in the area causing problems,” had been told to go home.

When he returned to his son’s residence with the handle, a female witness called the police, Casey said.

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