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Local Man Charged After Beating Girlfriend With Dog Bowl

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According to court documents, Edward Stoeke has several domestic violence charges against him that date back to 1993 but this is the first time Stoeke has been charged in Montana.

The Great Falls police arrived at his house Wednesday night after getting a 9-1-1 call from Stoeke's girlfriend, Teri Luft, who said, "If the police don't come right away, he is going to kill me."

At the couple's disheveled home, officers noticed a broken lamp and a mix of blood and dog food in the kitchen.

Responding officers noticed that Stoeke, who had allegedly been drinking, had a small amount of blood on his lip from being punched, but Luft appeared in much worse condition with blood, cuts, and bruises all over her arms and face. Authorities also noticed older bruises on Luft from which she claimed came from earlier incidents of abuse.

Luft reported that she did punch Stoeke in self defense after he beat her with a dog food bowl and punched her in the face repeatedly.

Stoeke was taken to jail and bail was set at $20,000 due to his history of domestic violence.

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