Man arrested following domestic disturbance in Osage Beach w/mug

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Joseph Swaney

A man has been arrested following a domestic assault in Osage Beach recently.

According to a news release from the Osage Beach Police Department, Osage Beach officers responded Dec. 21 to a residence on Parkwood Circle in reference to a possible domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, neighbors directed officers to the appropriate residence, in which the officers could allegedly hear a woman screaming from within the home.

According to the news release, officers knocked on the door and a male, later identified as Joseph D. Swaney, came to the door holding a knife. Officers ordered him to drop the knife at which time he allegedly slammed the door. Officers were able to see into the residence and witnessed Swaney allegedly holding a woman, later identified as his wife, against a wall and allegedly holding the knife in a threatening manner. As the officer witnessing the situation notified other officers, Swaney allegedly took his wife to the ground, the news release stated.

Officers then made forcible entry into the residence. After a brief struggle, Swaney was taken into custody According to the news release, Swaney’s wife sustained a laceration and contusions to her head and face as the result of being allegedly beaten by her husband prior to officers arrival. She was transported to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of her injuries and released.

According to the news release, a 12-week-old terrier mix puppy that was purportedly beaten by Joseph Swaney prior to officer’s arrival was located several hours later cowering in an upstairs bedroom.

Swaney is being held in the Camden County Jail with no bond.

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