A Henry County man was arrested on assault charges Friday night at his home after he allegedly threatened a neighbor about an injured dog.

Robert J. Torka, 49, 2591 Bear Creek Road east of Mansfield was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of public intoxication by Deputy Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Carroll’s report, Torka is accused of threatening to shoot a neighbor after a dispute involving a dog.

Carroll said he was called to Torka’s house about 4:30 p.m. that day after one of his dogs had been shot with a BB gun by the neighbor.

During that call, Carroll learned that the dog had been shot with a BB gun after running at large, fighting with the neighbor’s dogs and hurting one of their ducks.

The dog had a small cut on his right ear and blood on his left ear, and did not appear to have extensive injuries.

Carroll said during that call, both neighbors agreed to work the matter out, with the neighbor agreeing not to shoot Torka’s dog, and Torka agreeing to pay for any damages provided the neighbor didn’t shoot his dog anymore.

At about 10:30 p.m., Carroll said deputies were called to the neighbor’s after Torka appeared in the yard carrying a rifle over his shoulder and wearing a pistol on his hip, shouting that the neighbor had started a war for shooting the dog, and that he was going to pay for what he did.

Dispatchers could hear Torka arguing with the neighbor during the initial call. Witnesses said Torka appeared to be extremely intoxicated. He left the scene before officers arrived. He was arrested after agreeing to meet officers at the end of his driveway without weapons.

In addition to Carroll, Sheriff’s Investigator Brian Hall and several Tennessee Highway Patrol officers responded to the call.

Torka posted a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear June 20 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In other incidents:

• More than $1,000 in tools was reported stolen Sunday from a construction trailer parked near Kentucky Lake.

According to the report by Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua, the owner called the Sheriff’s Department to report the theft Sunday morning.

The victim said he left the trailer at a site on Eagle Nest Road near Paris Landing State Park.

When he went to work Sunday morning, the noticed the trailer’s lock was gone, and several tools were missing.

Tools included two circular saws and a cordless circular saw with a combined value of $320; two air compressors, $650 total and a miter saw stand, $200.

Total value of the stolen items was $1,170.

• Four television sets were reported stolen Friday from a Paris motel.

According to the report by Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long, the owners of Terrace Woods Lodge, 1190 N. Market St., said the four televisions were last seen a week ago.

The 32-inch TVs had a total estimated value of $600.

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