May 25, 2018
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Rockland man accused of threatening brother with knife

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 20-year-old Warren man made his initial court appearance Monday afternoon on a charge that he threatened his younger brother with a knife.

Jeffrey P. Callahan was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday on a charge of domestic violence criminal threatening.

Rockland police Officer Lloyd Daniels and Sgt. Ken Smith were called to a residence on Glenwood Avenue for a report of a household fight, according to an affidavit filed in Rockland District Court by Daniels.

When officers arrived, Callahan admitted to Daniels that he had threatened to cut his brother’s esophagus because the younger Callahan had called him a name, according to the affidavit. Callahan said he had grown tired of being called names by his brother and then smashed a bottle on the floor, according to the affidavit.

The older brother told police that his younger brother then choked him, according to the affidavit. The 20-year-old suspect then went to the kitchen and grabbed kitchen knives and threatened the younger man, police reported.

Defense attorney William Pagnano said at Monday’s hearing that there could be an argument for self defense.

No one was injured. The younger brother was not charged.

Bail was lowered Monday in court by Judge Patrick Ende to $350 cash from the $5,000 cash bail set by the bail commissioner at the Knox County Jail.

Callahan remained at the jail Monday afternoon.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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