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Man Stabbed Table, Swung at Officer, Police Say

A Long Valley resident allegedly became disorderly over the weekend at Valley Restaurant.

A Long Valley man was arrested after he allegedly tried hitting a officer at , Lt. Doug Compton said.

Sgt. Jeffrey Almer responded to the business just after midnight Sunday when an employee of the restaurant told police there was a disorderly individual at the business, Compton said.

The caller told police that Matthew Berg, 42, stabbed a table with a knife at the restaurant, was currently in the parking lot, and preparing to go back in, Compton said.

When Almer arrived, he approached Berg from behind, who at the time was arguing with patrons of the restaurant, Compton said. Berg attempted to hit Almer and was unsuccessful, Compton said.

Berg was ordered to the ground and handcuffed, Compton said. It is unknown if Berg was in possession of a weapon at the time of the arrest, Compton said.

Berg was charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and aggravated assault on an officer.

Berg was at the restaurant consuming alcoholic beverages, Compton said. He wa placed in the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Assisting officers at the scene were Cpl. Brian Bigham, Officer Cory Lee, and Officer Michael Hade, along with officer from the Chester Township Police.

Almer did not sustain any injuries in the incident, Compton said.

For questions about this post, please email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

NTG August 08, 2012 at 11:15 AM
I think I'm going to unsubscribe to the Patch ... all it seems to be these days is not really breaking news reports, constant drug busts, and crime and death reports ... not fun anymore ... sorry Patch
Paul Winchell August 09, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Wow! What a dangerous and potentially fatal situation. Glad another crazy person is off the street. Nice work by the WTPD!!!
LV August 09, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Here's an interesting recent post about what Patch editors are up against, and why they seem to write a lot about drug busts and chasing ambulances: http://jimromenesko.com/2012/06/26/patch-puts-pressure-on-local-editors/

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