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Police: Man threatened to kill wife with a hammer

JAFFREY — A Jaffrey man has been arrested and charged with felony-level criminal threatening after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife with a hammer, according to police.

Christopher Bean, 64, of Jaffrey was arrested and charged with criminal threatening in connection with a domestic disturbance overheard by police, who were patrolling Main Street shortly after 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Police reportedly heard banging coming from inside the Bean residence and observed a woman yelling from the roof of the home, said Police Chief Bill Oswalt on Wednesday. Oswalt said Bean’s wife escaped the house through a bathroom window and shimmied her way out onto a lower-level roof in order to call for help.

It is alleged that Bean made verbal threats about physically harming and killing his wife.

Bean was released on $10,000 personal recognizance with an Aug. 8 arraignment at the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or

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