DIXFIELD — Police responded to 35 calls between April 18 and 27, including one arrest.

* Rupert Malchisky, 56, Peru, domestic assault, at 11:14 a.m., April 26, in the parking lot of Towle’s Corner Store on Main Street. The Mexico Police Department assisted. Malchisky was released from the Dixfield Police Department on $1,200 unsecured bail and is scheduled to appear in Rumford District Court on June 7.

Chief Richard Pickett reported that 14 phone calls or visits have been made since the start of Operation Sunshine last month. Under the program, people who live alone or may need or want a safety check are added to a list that members of the police department visit or call periodically.

In other police news, Pickett was granted permission by selectmen to apply for a federal Community Oriented Policing Services grant that could provide a fifth officer for three years. Selectmen will decide on May 23 whether the grant application should be submitted. If the grant is successful, the Dixfield Police Department would receive funding for three years. In return, the town would agree to pay the salary of the officer for the fourth year.

Sgt. Jeff Howe said an addition of a fifth officer would allow more time for investigation into myriad issues that face the town.

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