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Man charged with assault

A Ponsford man made his first court appearance Monday in Becker County District Court on three felony counts of domestic assault, assault and first degree criminal property damage for an April 18 incident outside his Becker County home.

Patrick Wayne Buckanaga, 45, is accused of throwing a pop bottle at the female victim's car as she was attempting to place their 2-year-old son in the back seat. The window shattered, spreading glass over the woman and child. According to the complaint, filed May 1 in Becker County District Court, he also took the victim's cell phone and refused to allow her to leave. (Buckanaga has twice been convicted of domestic assault, in 1999 and again in 2006, according to the complaint.)

Buckanaga will make his next court appearance on June 23; he has been released on $10,000 bond. Each of the three charges against him carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

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