Police: Salem man hit victim over head with witch’s cauldron

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Salem, Massachusetts man hit another man over the head with a cauldron near a local witchcraft store.

Salem police officers were on patrol around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when the victim, bleeding from the head, ran up to them and said he was attacked by another man. Authorities say the two men had been inside a cottage behind a store that sells witchcraft related items, like decorative cauldrons and candle containers.

Police say they found 35-year-old Cory Nelson inside the cottage stumbling around and smelling of alcohol. Nelson was arrested and pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon during his arraignment Monday.

The victim suffered a cut to his head, but refused medical attention at the scene.

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