Local man faces assault charge

— A local man is charged with assault after allegedly beating his live-in girlfriend.

Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested and charged Eric Vernon Porter, 42, with second-degree assault-domestic violence Tuesday, court records said. He appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday for a preliminary hearing.

Deputy Dustin Dunn said the alleged assault took place at the couple’s home outside city limits.

Girlfriend Ashley Null woke Porter wanting to take their infant child with her, documents said.

She allegedly slapped him during an altercation, documents said. Porter retaliated, punching and strangling her.


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