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Izard Sheriff assaulted on domestic call

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Staff Writer

A domestic dispute between a Melbourne man and his wife Aug. 14 ended in a fight between that man and Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz.

Brent Allen Dale, 36, has been charged with second degree battery, a class D felony; and third degree battery, a class A misdemeanor.

According to the Izard County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Martz was mowing his lawn when an adolescent female approached him and said her dad was hitting her mother.

Martz said he knows the girl and knew her dad, Brent Dale, had been issued domestic violence citations in the past. He said he ran to the Dales' home and found Dale yelling at his wife, Brenda.

"I asked her if he (Brent) had hit her. She said he had and I told Brent he was under arrest," said Martz.

That's when the domestic dispute escalated into a brawl, according to Martz.

"You're not going to arrest me in my own house," Dale told Martz, the sheriff recounted. Dale resisted Martz's attempts to physically subdue him, according to the sheriff

Martz said Dale pulled free and shut the front door. Dale then turned around and tried to punch Martz in the face. Martz said he dodged the punch to the head, but a second punch by Dale into Martz's groin area connected.

"I saw I was in a serious situation and was going to get hurt," Martz said.

He said he started to hit Dale in the head but pulled back because he was afraid he would break his hand. He said he and Dale wrestled around and smashed a dinette table.

Eventually, Martz said he put Dale in a headlock and choked him. Martz said he wrestled Dale onto the ground and held him there until Izard County deputy Terry Williams arrived.

Martz had alerted the sheriff's office of a possible domestic dispute at the Dale residence before the altercation with Brent Dale.

During the fight, Brenda Dale fled from the house.

Dale was taken to the Izard County Detention Center. His bond was set at $10,000. He was still in jail as of press time.

Martz's brother, Fulton County Sheriff Lloyd Martz, said Joe Martz cracked his ribs and had bruises and scratches from the altercation with Dale.

Dale will be arraigned in September in Izard County Circuit Court.

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