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Man Arrested After Fight Over Church Pew Space

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Booking photo of Wayne Dodge.  (credit: Weber County Sheriff's Office)

Booking photo of Wayne Dodge. (credit: Weber County Sheriff’s Office)

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PLAIN CITY, Utah (AP) — Utah authorities say a dispute over pew space during a Mormon church baby blessing led to a bloody nose.

Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Lowther says officers were called Sunday morning to a Plain City meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lowther says a family had saved some seats so they could have a better view of the baby blessing.

Witnesses say the argument began when 51-year-old Wayne Dodge sat in the section.

The dispute continued after the service, with Dodge allegedly punching a man in the face. Officials say the victim was also struck by Dodge’s vehicle in the parking lot and ended up on the hood.

Dodge was booked into the Weber County jail on suspicion of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

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