Former WJZ-TV reporter arrested on domestic violence charges

Dennis Edwards says events are not as they appear

December 30, 2010|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

Former television reporter Dennis Edwards was arrested Wednesday on charges of assaulting his wife, a city police spokesman said.

Officers went to the 2200 block of South Road at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an assault, said the spokesman, Detective Jeremy Silbert. There, a woman said she had gotten into an argument with her husband, whom she identified as Dennis Edwards. The woman said that the argument escalated until he shoved her down and began banging her head on the floor, causing bruises, Silbert said.

She was taken to a hospital for treatment, the spokesman said.

Edwards, 54, was charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records. He was released Thursday after posting $25,000 bond. Lisa Edwards filed a protective order against him, and he was ordered to stay away from her until a hearing set for Tuesday, according to court records.

In a telephone interview, Edwards described the incident as "an unfortunate situation" and said that the police version was not a complete account of what happened. "It is not what it appears," he said. "It's not accurate, nor is it true," he said.

"It's a rough time for me and my family, but we plan to get through it," he said.

A WJZ reporter from 1994 to January 2009, Edwards had also served as Bernard C. "Jack" Young's spokesman for two months in 2010, according to news reports. At the time, Edwards was a minister pursuing a divinity school degree and had only intended to get the office up and running, a spokesman for Young had said.

Edwards declined to comment on what he's doing now.

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