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Minnesota state lawmaker’s wife accused of assaulting him

CHISHOLM, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state lawmaker’s wife is accused of hitting him with a broom handle and threatening him with a knife at their home on the Iron Range over the weekend.

Charlotte A. Tomassoni is charged with misdemeanor domestic assault and booked into the St. Louis County Jail after the incident early Sunday evening. Her husband, David Tomassoni, is an independent who serves as president pro tem of the Senate.

The Star Tribune reports that he called police after his wife repeatedly hit him in the chest with a broom handle at their Chisholm home. She later yelled down that if David came upstairs, she would stab him. Police say she “was slurring her words and appeared to be intoxicated.” She denied the assault.

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