Berwick police considering more charges in 10-14 person knife, taser fight

Posted June 07, 2012, at 5:41 a.m.

BERWICK, Maine — Police are still investigating the brawl on School Street last month that involved close to 15 people and resulted in two arrests and three injuries.

Police are currently investigating a “dangerous dog issue” and a possible additional charge against one of the men already arrested, according to Berwick Sgt. Jeff Pilkington. Pilkington said police were expecting more charges to be brought on Thursday.

On May 26, Berwick, South Berwick and North Berwick Police Departments responded to 30 School St. for a report of a fight between 10 and 14 people, possibly more. The fight allegedly began when a dog bit an apartment resident. The altercation that ensued involved knives and tasers and caused three injuries.

One male, 29-year-old Richard Socoloski, was arrested on the scene of the fight, and another male, 29-year-old Jeremy Hatcher, was arrested in another area of town after a stabbing incident involving another man.

Socoloski, of Berwick, was charged with criminal use of an electronic weapon, a class D misdemeanor, disorderly conduct-fighting and violation of conditional release, both of which are class E misdemeanors.

Hatcher, also of Berwick, left the scene of the initial fight and became involved in another incident in which he stabbed a male who was uninvolved in the alleged dog biting incident.

Hatcher was charged with aggravated assault, which is a class B felony. The male victim suffered minor lacerations. When confronted by police, Hatcher refused to follow commands.

He was tased by police as a result of his disobedience.

© 2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat

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