Man charged with assaulting girlfriend

Douglas Holzwarth, 59, of 39 Coleytown Road, was charged Monday with third-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, unlawful restraint and cruelty to animals.

The charges were filed after Holzwarth became in an argument with his girlfriend, according to police.

He allegedly grabbed the woman by the throat, held her down on the floor and struck her in the face. He also is accused of kicking her 11-year-old dog. Assigned a bond of $10,000, he was scheduled to appear Aug. 17 in Norwalk Superior Court.