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Brothers-in-law grapple with butcher knife

A 34-year-old Port Orchard man was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly came at his brother-in-law with both a fire poker and a butcher knife.

Wallace A. Kennealy was charged with one count of attempted assault in the second degree — a felony — after Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a house on Fidalgo Court in Bremerton where the defendant, his brother-in-law Rocky Johnson, two adult females and three small children were staying.

According to the Sheriff’s report, Johnson said he and Kennealy had been drinking most of the day and got into an argument later that night.

Johnson said Kennealy came at him with a fire poker, which he was able to block and wrestle away from him.

Later, Johnson told deputies, Kennealy came at him with a butcher knife raised above his head. He said Kennealy would have “probably have stabbed him in the throat with it if he hadn’t been able to take it away from him.”

According to the report, when deputies arrived, Kennealy was very aggressive and refused to be handcuffed. At least one deputy used a taser to subdue the man, whom authorities said was combative with them during prior incidents.

Kennealy was booked into Kitsap County Jail, and his bail was originally set at $250,000.

At his arraignment Monday afternoon, he entered a plea of not guilty. Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Bob Naon requested Kennealy’s bail be set at no less than $100,000.

“(Kennealy) has a significant number of misdemeanors and at least one felony in three different states,” Naon said. “Based on the nature of this particular incident, there is a risk of danger to Mr. Johnson, and a potential risk to other members of the community.”

Judge Karlynn Haberly lowered his bail to $25,000.

His trial was set for Dec. 22.

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