NORTH ANSON, Maine — A domestic dispute between a local man and his girlfriend Monday night landed the man in jail on multiple charges, police said.
The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Mark Dodge, 40, started around 10 p.m. Monday when Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Avery was dispatched to an incident on Pease Hill road, Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster said.
When the deputy arrived on scene, he encountered an intoxicated Dodge yelling at him to leave the residence, Lancaster said. When the deputy entered, Dodge fled out a back door.
Upon speaking with the woman’s family, Avery discovered an argument had ensued when Dodge had demanded to know about a previous relationship, according to Lancaster.
“Investigation revealed Dodge had poured alcohol over the kitchen stove in an attempt to light the house on fire,” Lancaster said.
Dodge and the woman live together at the residence, the chief deputy said. Dodge had also used a knife to make threats against the woman and family members.
Additional deputies and a canine unit were called in to search for Dodge, but the search ceased at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Lancaster said.
Five hours later, Dodge turned himself in to the sheriff’s office.
Dodge was charged with four counts of domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and four counts of terrorizing and brought to Somerset County Jail, Lancaster said. He remained locked up Thursday.
No injuries were reported in the incident.
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