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Firefighter in assault case arrested

Man accused in September domestic dispute charged with violating protective order

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County firefighter accused of assaulting his wife and violating a related protective order faces trial in November.

Tyree Scott "Ty" Cather, 54, of 1221 Hollow Road, Gore, appeared in Frederick County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Tuesday for a hearing on an alleged violation of a protective order. He also is charged with assault and battery against his wife, Jaaska L. Cather.

The defendant's attorney, Georgia Rossiter, informed Judge William W. Sharp the
parties involved in the civil matter of the protective order agreed to seek a non-suit.

Sharp then scheduled a Nov. 30 trial for the assault charge and the allegation Cather violated the protective order. Domestic assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine. Sharp called off a hearing set previously for Monday.

A criminal complaint filed by Sgt. J.S. Bowerman, of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, states Mrs. Cather reported her husband had violated a preliminary protective order Thursday. The order indicated the court had granted her full possession of the home on Hollow Road.

"She advised that Tyree had come to the residence on this date and removed some property including his motorcycle," Bowerman states. "I made contact with Tyree Cather at his mother's residence. He told me he went to 1221 Hollow Road and picked up his motorcycle. He said that he never spoke to his wife."

An earlier criminal complaint filed in the court by the wife alleging assault states an argument on Sept. 11 about "the last cup of coffee" turned physical. The wife claims the defendant yelled at her, dumped out a trash bag on the floor of the kitchen, which he then told her to clean up, according to the complaint. Cather then claims her husband grabbed her.

"He was standing to my left side and he put his arm around my neck and he held me in a head lock," the complaint states. "I wiggled down and got out of his hold and he pushed my back."

Mrs. Cather states she fell a couple of feet and used the countertop to brace her fall.
The wife and their child started to leave the house after Cather blocked their attempt to call 911, according to the complaint. Mrs. Cather states she and the child got into a car.

She locked the doors and windows and put the car in reverse, the affidavit states.

"Ty banged on the driver window and said 'You better think about what you are doing. If I lose my job then you lose everything,'" the wife states.

Mrs. Cather drove from the home, called 911 and met with another deputy at the Gore fire hall, according to the affidavit.

Cather works as a lieutenant with the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department and volunteers both as a firefighter and with the Sheriff's Office, according to officials who would not comment on his employment status.

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