Fight over cabbage leads to arrest for assault

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By Jennifer Caldwell


The price of cabbage was the source of a showdown of sorts at the LaFollette flea market last week.

On Thursday LaFollette Police Officer Joe Brown responded to a reported of a possible disturbance involving a weapon in the back parking lot of the police department.

When he arrived on the scene, Brown was informed by the victim that Ben Ellison, 68 of 430 Loop Road had started an argument with him over the price he was charging for cabbage.

According to Brown’s report, the victim said Ellison had allegedly become angry because the victim was selling his cabbage for $1 per head while Ellison was charging $1.50 for his cabbage.

As a result of his anger Ellison allegedly went to his truck and retrieved a small handgun and was pointing at the ground and pointing his finger at the victim while talking to a couple of his friends.

Because he displayed a weapon in what was deemed to be a threatening manner, Ellison was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.