Man in jail after alleged domestic assault

A man is in jail and formally charged with domestic assault after allegedly strangling his girlfriend around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

Eric Lawrence Peterson allegedly assaulted the victim after she asked him about flirtatious/sexual messages that were sent to another woman while the pair were reportedly working on their relationship.

The victim told police she had gone to the bars and believed that alcohol may have played a factor in the incident.

Reports state that Peterson became defensive when he was confronted about the text messages and the argument that was mainly verbal at first lasted for 15 minutes until the victim was pushed onto the bed and Peterson held her down using his hand on her neck. Reports state that items were allegedly thrown around the room and at the victim and that the bed frame was thrown against the wall, resulting in damage to the wall of the victim’s apartment.

Peterson then allegedly punched the victim in the face and then pulled her by her hair, holding her neck for 20 seconds, completely restricting her breathing. Bruising and other minor injuries on the victim including bite marks and scratches from the incident.

Police reports state that Peterson agreed to meet with police and said he believed he was assaulted. He claims the victim woke him with a slap on the face, and he agreed that the text messages in question were flirtatious/sexual in nature. Peterson added that the incident quickly escalated to a physical confrontation and only lasted for 10 minutes.

He also said he believed that both he and the victim were intoxicated. Peterson said both were being aggressive with each other and that the victim had torn his sweatshirt.

According to police reports, Peterson claims he was asleep on the couch at 5:30 a.m. He told police that he and the victim tried to work things out but ended up sleeping in separate rooms. Peterson had a cut on his right hand.


Eckberg trial delayed 

David Eckberg’s trial, which was scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 28, was delayed until 9 a.m. Feb. 3. The former organizer of Stillwater’s now-defunct Lumberjack Days festival faces 10 felony counts of theft by check for allegedly not paying for services provided to the 2011 festival by several businesses, groups and individuals. The case against Eckberg is in addition to a bankruptcy filing by Eckberg and his wife in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The case was continued by an agreement between both sides.

$1,500 iron gate stolen

A large iron gate worth and estimated $1,500 was reported stolen from a business at 225 Main Street in downtown Stillwater.

According to police reports, Frank Faio reported the iron gate missing from the west end of the building’s patio area Oct. 25. He told police it had been removed from its hinges to allow access during recent construction. The gate had been leaning against a wall on the north side of the building.

When he noticed it was gone, he called the police and told them it had been stolen in the prior five
or six days.

On arrival, police observed two areas where it appeared a welding torch had been used to cut the gate into pieces, presumably so it could be loaded into a vehicle.

Compiled by Avery Cropp – [email protected]