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Lorain woman says boyfriend put dog feces on her face


LORAIN — A woman told police that in the midst of an argument with her boyfriend on Monday morning, he grabbed papers associated with his anger management problem and used them to spread dog feces on her face.

Tony Salva, 31, was charged with contempt of court and two warrants for disorderly conduct and domestic violence about 12:30 a.m. at his house on the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Police responded to the house after a 911 call about a domestic. When police arrived, they saw Salva trying to climb out of a back window into the yard until they called him back and took him into custody, according to the police report.

Officers spoke with Sarah Sweeny, who said she and Salva have been dating and living together for two years. On Sunday evening, the couple got into a fight over their messy house, and she told police he followed her to the bedroom with the paperwork, which were covered with dry dog feces, and wiped them on her face.

Sweeny told Salva that she didn’t want to be with him any more, prompting him to throw a glass of liquid in her face, according to the report. Sweeny said Salva then followed her into the kitchen with a broom and dustpan, threatening to “beat (her) to death” if she didn’t stop talking before he hit her in the arm with the broomstick, according to the report.

Sweeny told police that Salva has hit her in the past.

Salva denied hitting his girlfriend with a broomstick, telling police she started the fight by throwing a small fan at him.

Salva was taken to Lorain County Jail where he was held until he was released on bond on Monday evening.

In 2009, Salva was convicted of domestic violence through Oberlin Municipal Court and in 2013 he was charged with domestic violence for another incident in Lorain, according to the police report.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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