Dispute over barking dog ends in assault, arrest

Staff writerJuly 15, 2014 

A neighborhood dispute over a barking dog got out of hand Sunday.

It started, according to Pierce County prosecutors, when Corey Wichern, 50, took a pressure washer to the dog, which yelped and ran for its owner. The dog’s owner was upset and confronted Wichern over the fence that separates their property.

Wichern climbed over the wooden fence, tried to punch the woman and spat in her face, according to charging papers. She called police.

Wichern was displeased when a sheriff’s deputy knocked on his door, the documents stated.

“The defendant said that the dog constantly barks at him and he is tired of it,” according to the documents.

Wichern denied assaulting the dog’s owner but was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree assault. As he was led to a patrol car, deputies said, Wichern began threatening them and trying to break the window in the back of the car.

“The defendant banged and kicked the window so violently that the entire patrol vehicle shook and several motorists stopped to see if everything was OK,” court records show.

The patrol car is out of service because of the damage, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Prosecutors charged Wichern with fourth-degree assault and first-degree malicious mischief. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed in lieu of $40,000 bail.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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