FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Tim Beck has been charged with domestic assault after his wife complained he yelled at her and unintentionally head-butted her.
Court records show the couple, who have been married for 34 years, were arguing Saturday about a pending garage sale.
Beck's wife told authorities he yelled at her like a "drill sergeant in the Marines" after he said the garage sale was "turning his life upside-down."
Beck, 60, also was charged with interfering with a report of domestic violence after his wife, who walks with a crutch, alleged she was trying to call 911 when her husband took away the telephone.
Records also show a restraining order was issued against Beck the same day he was charged.
Beck's attorney, Zane Wilson, said the alleged head-butt left no mark.
"It's a relatively minor dispute that's been blown way out of proportion," Wilson said. "We're just going to have to go through the legal system to work through it."
Beck's wife told authorities the conflict put her in fear because of past behavior.
She and the couple's daughter told authorities the assemblyman has anger problems at home.
Beck moved to Alaska in 1975 after serving in the Ohio Air National Guard. He is serving his fourth term on the Borough Assembly. The term expires in October 2011.