Mayor Berke’s senior advisor becomes alleged victim of domestic assault

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A verbal argument inside the home of Mayor Andy Berke’s senior advisor reportedly escalated into violence that led to police involvement.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 12, Lacie Stone, 38, of Chattanooga called a friend who worked at the Chattanooga Police Department to report domestic violence inside her home.

Lacie Stone is Mayor Andy Berke’s senior advisor.

According to the arrest affidavit, Stone told an officer her husband, Robert Stone, 54,  was going to kill her.

According to the affidavit, the couple got into a verbal argument which turned physical when the two got into a struggle over the phone.  Lacie Stone told the officer her husband got a hold of the phone and crushed it during the altercation.

Mr. Stone reportedly told police that during the argument, there was a physical altercation in which he was struck in the forehead from her trying to keep her phone.  According to the affidavit, Mr. Stone told the officer he grabbed his wife by the belt while she was on the floor and drug her out the door and told her to leave.

According to the affidavit, Lacie Stone came to the back door attempting to get her shoes and decided to leave for the night. She told the officer that as she was leaving, her husband took a large rock and threw it through the back window of her SUV.

According to police, both parties had evidence of injuries. Police have also noted in the affidavit that there was evidence of property damage.

The officer who wrote the affidavit stated in the report that Mr. Stone’s injuries supports that he was not intentionally hit.

Mr. Stone was charged with one count of domestic assault and one count of vandalism.

His next court date is next Tuesday.

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