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Contempt and reckless endangerment charged in Rome domestic

Posted 11/3/22

A 34-year-old man is facing charges after he threw a roll of paper towels onto a lit stove when leaving an argument on Floyd Avenue, according to the Rome Police Department.

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Contempt and reckless endangerment charged in Rome domestic

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ROME — A 34-year-old man is facing charges after he threw a roll of paper towels onto a lit stove when leaving an argument on Floyd Avenue, according to the Rome Police Department.

Police said Jeffrey E. Smith-Brown, of Rome, was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife and her 16-year-old daughter at their residence in the 900 block of Floyd Ave. around 9:51 p.m Oct. 21. Police said Smith-Brown attacked his wife while she was sleeping, and punched her in the face and stomach.

The argument eventually involved the teenage daughter, police said. The attack was in violation of an order of protection.

Before leaving the residence, police said Smith-Brown turned on the stove in the kitchen and tossed a roll of paper towels onto the stove. By the time officers arrived on the scene, there was smoke in the residence, but not fire, authorities noted.

Smith-Brown was located and taken into custody Thursday morning on one count each of felony first-degree contempt, second-degree harassment and second-degree reckless endangerment, police said. He is scheduled to appear in Rome City Court.

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