When police were arrived at Town Councilman Brad Bishop’s house on Adirondack Drive Sunday evening, they found his wife waiting for them at the front door, hysterical and crying, according to the police report.
Bishop, 56, was arrested that night and charged with domestic simple assault and domestic disorderly conduct. He was arraigned at the station by a justice of the peace and released with a no-contact order in place. His formal arraignment is scheduled for Friday, March 21, at Kent County (3rd) District Court.
After a Town Council meeting Monday night, Bishop said he had no comment.
In the police report, Bishop’s wife said the couple, married 23 years, had gone to the movies that night, then to dinner at 1149 restaurant, where they’d both had several drinks – her four glasses of wine, him six or seven beers. It wasn’t until they were home and getting ready for bed that trouble arose.
According to the report, Bishop’s wife told him she was moving out for two weeks, “to take some time off in the relationship.”
She then left the master bedroom to sleep in the guest room. Bishop followed her and sat down on the bed she’d lay down on, asking her what was wrong. She told police it was at this point she became “scared of Bishop’s demeanor.”
He left the room to get his cell phone, according to the report, and she took that opportunity to go back into the master bedroom, locking the door behind her. Bishop had a key to the room, however, and entered. He yelled at her and told her he was recording their conversation. She grabbed his cell phone and ran out of the room, telling police Bishop pushed her then. She grabbed Bishop’s shirt, tearing it.
She went to a bathroom with a lock but was unable to shut the door before Bishop pushed his way in, she told police. He grabbed her arms, scratching the right arm in the process. She told police he slapped her in the head with an open hand. He was able to grab the cell phone back from his wife and left the bathroom.
Bishop’s wife went back into the master bedroom and called 911, Bishop still yelling at her, according to the report. She then went to wait for the police by the front door while he stayed in the bedroom.
She told police this was not the first time there had been volitile arguments between the two, including a time last summer where she said he threatened to break her foot and another time when Bishop called police after a verbal argument.
Bishop was elected to the Town Council in November 2012. Before that, he served on the Planning Board for eight years, including four as chairman. He works for Smartpak Equine in Plymouth, Mass.