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East Greenwich Police charged Michael S. Kiernan, 47, of 31 Cypress Court, with domestic simple assault/battery and domestic disorderly conduct Saturday, after police and fire officials were dispatched to a Church Street residence at about 11:13 p.m. for a reported disturbance.

A former East Greenwich town councilor is facing domestic violence charges, following a fight with a relative on Church Street Saturday night.

East Greenwich Police charged Michael S. Kiernan, 47, of 31 Cypress Court, with domestic simple assault/battery and domestic disorderly conduct, after police and fire officials were dispatched to a Church Street residence at about 11:13 p.m. for a reported disturbance.

At the scene, police said they found a 50-year-old East Greenwich man restraining Kiernan, who was sitting on a curb, in an apparent headlock. The man reportedly had a minor laceration under his left eye, while Kiernan was covered in blood from a laceration on the top of his head and his left leg.

“The sidewalk where the altercation took place also was covered in a significant amount of blood,” Patrolman Thomas Cole III wrote in a police report.

The 50-year-old man told police Kiernan was allowed to attend a family party at the residence as long he did not drink any alcohol. Kiernan left the party around 7 p.m., but returned around 11 p.m. “extremely intoxicated,” he said.

When Kiernan was told he was not welcome, he allegedly became angry and argumentative.

“[The man] stated [he] attempted to restrain Michael from entering the residence at which time Michael attempted to punch [him],” Cole wrote. “[He] stated Michael was able to punch him under the left eye. [He] and Michael began wrestling at which time Michael hit his head on the curb and also cut his knee.”

A woman who lives at the residence said she did not see the initial altercation, and told police she did not wish to press charges against Kiernan. The man who reportedly fought with Kiernan also declined to press charges, but police arrested the former councilor due to the “domestic nature of the incident,” Cole wrote.

Kiernan was transported to Kent Hospital in Warwick accompanied by a police officer and later arraigned before a justice of the peace. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance

Kiernan, a Republican, served three terms on the Town Council and was first elected in 2008. While he was the second-highest vote-getter in the 2012 election, he did not seek re-election last fall.

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