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July 22, 2014
Salem News

- Deputies responded at 12:30 a.m. Monday to Lotze Drive in East Palestine in regard to an assault and a firearm. They reported finding Alfred L. Wittenauer inside his vehicle and, with East Palestine police officers, learned that there had been no assault between him and his ex-tenant Candice DeLaroza. DeLaroza and her teenage son told officers Wittenauer confronted them as they were moving belongings from the home, saying he had a firearm and threatened to blow out their brains. Deputies reported seeing no firearm. DeLaroza reported Wittenauer also grabbed, choked and slapped her. When deputies spoke again to Wittenauer, and placed handcuffs on him due to the alleged assault, he began complaining of chest pains, and East Palestine EMS was summoned, transporting him to St. Elizabeth in Boardman. During the incident, deputies additionally reported, Wittenauer's daughter Valerie Rockenberger, began to yell and carry one, interrupting and disrupting their investigation. She reportedly shoved her phone in their faces and bombarded them with questions, also calling attorney James Hartford and demanding that a deputy speak with him, which he declined to do. Rockenberger was taken into custody and taken to the county jail, although her charge was not specified on the report.



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