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Woman disputes information about alleged affair

Aaron Krause • Dec 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

An area woman has refuted a report that she was having an affair.

She further said she and her ex-husband, whom police are investigating in connection with a related incident, have been divorced for more than a month.

The woman called the Reflector to dispute information in a story published in Monday's issue. It reported a possibly suicidal Norwalk man threatened to shoot another man over a suspected affair with his wife.

Melvin D. Peterson, 43, mostly recently of Minard Place, was arrested during a Plank Road traffic stop when area authorities were searching for him Sunday.

Earlier that day, the Norwalk Police Department received a call from a woman who accused Peterson of being armed with a shotgun and threatening to shoot another man.

"(The other man) possibly was having an affair with (Peterson's) wife," Norwalk Police Department Sgt. Jim Montana said.

The woman, however, told the Reflector she and Peterson have been divorced since October. A supplement to an original Norwalk Police Department report confirms that.

It was not clear Tuesday if Peterson has been charged in connection with the alleged incident. The report indicates Peterson was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center for mental health counseling.

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