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BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Bremerton Police say they’re investigating possible incidents of misdemeanor assault after responding to an altercation involving the current and former mayors of Port Orchard and other community leaders.

Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan says no arrests were made during Friday’s incident at a restaurant. A police report will be forward to the city prosecutor.

The Kitsap Sun says the dispute arose from a meeting over documents related to Port Orchard Mayor Tim Matthes’ re-election campaign.

The police chief said Teresa Osinski with the Home Builders Association of Kitsap County wanted to photograph the documents but the mayor wouldn’t allow her to do so. Former mayor Lary Coppola was there as a member of the group’s board.

Witnesses say Osinski hurt her hand and Matthes got a cut on his finger. Police said a glass was broken.

Coppola didn’t return a call seeking comment. Matthes says he wasn’t happy with what happened but declined comment after the incident.


Information from: Kitsap Sun,