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Maine man charged with assaulting man, woman, dog in Portsmouth home invasion


PORTSMOUTH — A Maine man was arrested Sunday morning in Portsmouth, charged with assaulting a man, woman and dog during a home invasion.

Police responded to a home in the Maple Haven neighborhood at 1:30 a.m. Sunday to investigate a home invasion and learned a man had broken in through the back door of a residence, entered the home, assaulted the two occupants and struck their dog with a club or pipe.

The two occupants, a man and woman, were transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with minor injuries. Both were treated and released.

Arrested near the scene was Terrence W. Hartley, 47, with a last known address of 179 Tardiff Road, Clinton, Maine. At the time of his arrest, Hartley allegedly had cocaine in his possession.

Hartley was charged with one felony count of burglary, five felony counts of first-degree assault, one felony count of possession of a controlled drug (cocaine) and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals.

He was held on $125,000 cash bail and will be arraigned in Portsmouth today.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Adam Kozlowski at 610-7538.

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