38-year-old charged in combative domestic dispute

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A 38-year-old man is facing a felony charge following a combative domestic dispute on River Street very early this morning.

Police said Kenneth W. Miller Jr., of 132 River St., called 9-1-1 shortly after midnight to report that his girlfriend was smoking marijuana with their children. Police responded and met Miller outside the residence.

While Miller was speaking to the officers, authorities said Miller abruptly left the conversation and ran to the house, kicking the door open.

The officers followed Miller inside, where he started arguing with his girlfriend. Police said they broke up the pair of them and started questioning the girlfriend as well.

The girlfriend told police that they had started arguing earlier in the night about getting dinner. The girlfriend told police that Miller pulled her off of the couch and started hitting her in the head. The woman said Miller then woke up one of their children and handed the child to his girlfriend, while continuing to argue.

Police said Miller then picked up a fire extinguisher and threw it across the room, nearly hitting the girlfriend and the child. The fire extinguisher instead smashed through a window, authorities stated.

The girlfriend also has an active order of protection filed against Miller, police said.

After the window was smashed, authorities said Miller told his girlfriend he was going outside to call the police and report that she was smoking marijuana around the children.

Miller is charged with one count each of first-degree contempt, a felony, second-degree contempt, second-degree harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of fourth-degree mischief, police stated. He was held in lockup to await arraignment in City Court.

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