AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Milton Township police officer was ordered to stay away from his wife during his arraignment on a domestic violence charge on Monday.
Michael Saltsman, 50, was arraigned in Austintown Court. He is free on bond and no further court hearings have been set.
Saltsman is accused of hitting his wife at their Washington Square apartment on Wednesday.
The Milton Township Police Department has placed Saltsman on administrative leave from his job as a corporal.
The Jackson Police Department, where Saltsman works part-time, also has suspended him.
According to a police report, Saltsman told Austintown police that he and his wife had a verbal argument because he believes she is having an affair with an upstairs neighbor. He denied physically assaulting her, but police said she had a small mark on her face.
The victim told police the argument began because she parked her vehicle in driveway facing forward instead of backing in. She said 15 minutes into the argument, Saltsman struck her with a closed fist on the right side of her face, which caused her to fall down, and she went to a neighbor’s apartment to call police.
Police interviewed the neighbor, who said she heard doors slamming so loud that they vibrated her doors. She said the victim sent her a text message apologizing for the slamming doors and that she and Saltsman were fighting. The neighbor turned her stereo up so her two children would not hear the fight, the report states.