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Scuffle at home ends in arrest

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A Franklin man was arrested after he forced his way into an acquaintance’s house, fought with two men inside and later fought with officers at the jail.

Timothy Bradley Ridge, 34, was arrested on four charges of battery and a charge of residential entry.

Around midnight Monday, Ridge went to a house in the 600 block of Kentucky Street in Franklin to return a dog that belonged to the homeowner, an acquaintance. The man told Ridge to leave the dog in the backyard, and the two started yelling at each other, according to a police report.

The homeowner went to lock the back door on his house, but before he could Ridge rushed into the home and started fighting with him, Franklin police Lt. Kerry Atwood said. Another man who was staying at the house woke up and came to help the homeowner, Atwood said. After scuffling with both men, Ridge left and went home. Neither man was treated by emergency workers. The homeowner told police he would take himself to the hospital later. The guest had a cut across his nose from the fight.

After talking to the homeowner, officers went to Ridge’s house, arrested him and took him to the Johnson County jail. At the jail, Ridge hit an officer in the shin who was bringing a cot into a cell, Atwood said. Ridge also cut his head open after bashing it against a table, Atwood said. Both Ridge and the officer were treated at Johnson Memorial Hospital and released, Atwood said.

Ridge, 460 Hurricane St., was being held at the jail on $20,000 bond.

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