LOWELL -- A long-standing rift between neighbors finally came to blows over dog poop, police said.
Eileen Scholl, 60, is accused of slapping her 76-year-old neighbor and taking a swing at a 39-year-old neighbor, police said. In Lowell Dsitrict Court Tuesday, Scholl, of 1136 Lawrence St., Apt. 1, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery on a person over 60/disabled and assault and battery. She was released on personal recognizance.
The alleged victim told police on March 7 she had called animal control earlier that day because she had tracked dog feces from her yard into the house. After the animal control officer left, the victim told police that Scholl was pounding her door. She opened it, and Scholl slapped her, the alleged victim told police.
A second-floor resident came downstairs to see what all the yelling as about and Scholl began swinging at her, police allege.
Police Officer Daniel Lamarche wrote that he has responded to Scholl's apartment in the past for complaints for loud music and the odor of marijuana .
Scholl denies hitting the women. She told police she knocked on the victim's door to see why she was saying all the dog feces was on Scholl's side of the yard.
Both women were told they could apply for harassment orders against each other and both women said they would, police said.
Judge Daniel Crane told Scholl to have no avoidable contact with her neighbors. Scholl's next court date is a pretrial conference on June 20.