At 4:49 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a domestic assault at 1004 Bruce Street. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was advised an argument had occurred between Melissa Nissen (24) and Gage Puterbaugh (24) both of Ruthven. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office discovered during the argument, Puterbaugh had in his possession a steak knife and advised Nissen to leave the property.
Puterbaugh was placed under arrest for domestic abuse assault displaying a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor. Puterbaugh was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident and was held pending an initial appearance before a magistrate.
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