- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire contractor has filed a police complaint alleging he was assaulted by Portsmouth’s chief building inspector last month during a tense meeting in city hall.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1TogN8g ) Police Chief David Mara said the complaint was filed last Thursday and has become an “active case.”

The complaint states that Chief Building Inspector Robert Marsilia assaulted the victim during an April 6 meeting between local contractors and city officials. Contractors aired complaints about new inspections managers in Portsmouth during the meeting.

Deputy City Manager David Allen said the discussion became heated and he intervened when Marsilia stood chest-to-chest with the unidentified contractor. Allen denied that the assault took place immediately after the incident last month and once again on Tuesday.

Marsilia didn’t return requests seeking comment.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com

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