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Watertown man indicted for allegedly assaulting four corrections officers

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A Watertown man has been indicted on allegations that he assaulted four corrections officers while incarcerated in June at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Demearle R. Gulledge, 36, faces four counts of second-degree assault. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Thursday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that June 13 he struggled with Officers Curtis D. Gallamore, Nicholas Cuppernell, Mark H. Kellogg and Dennis L. Dame as the were leaving his cell. Police said at the time that was angry at officers for removing an ornamental shell from his dreadlocks after he had ignored officers’ orders to do so himself.

During the altercation, it is alleged that Mr. Gulledge struck Officer Gallamore in the head causing scrapes and bit him on the neck. It is further alleged that Officer Cuppernell was struck in the head, causing scrapes and bruises, that Officer Kellogg suffered bruising to his knee and elbow and that Officer Dame suffered a bruised shoulder. All were treated at Samaritan Medical Center and released.

Mr. Gulledge was in the PSB after being charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a count for which he was also indicted Thursday. It is alleged in that incident that he caused more than $250 in damage to a vehicle belonging to Anthony H. Gibson by slashing two tires on it June 1 in the town of Pamelia.

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