Selectman charged with punching 70 year-old in the face

Crime

Police say a Connecticut town official has been charged with punching a 70-year-old man in the face.

East Windsor police say they arrested 65-year-old Steve Dearborn Wednesday in connection with his altercation with Gerald Wilcox. Dearborn is a deputy selectman for East Windsor.

Officer Matthew Carl tells the Hartford Courant Dearborn and Wilcox have been in an ongoing dispute about the zoning rules regarding their neighboring businesses.

Wilcox told officers he had been taking pictures of something Dearborn was doing on the property when he was struck.

Police say Wilcox suffered bruising and swelling but declined medical attention.

Neither man could be reached for comment Thursday.

Dearborn is facing charges of assault on an elderly person and breach of peace.

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