Holyoke woman denies slamming brother’s head into refrigerator, basement doors

Friday, April 25, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman appeared in Northampton District Court Thursday to deny charges that she grabbed her 45-year-old brother and slammed his head into refrigerator and basement doors after he tried to break up a family argument.

Julie M. Helems, 41, pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic assault and battery and domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (refrigerator).

She was released on her own recognizance by Judge W. Michael Goggins.

According to police and court records, officers were dispatched to 54 Upland Road in Leeds at 3:54 p.m. Wednesday for a report of disturbance.

Police arrived and found Helems outside the house. She told them that she had beaten up her brother.

According to police, Helems came to the house to pick up some mail when she began arguing with her mother and her brother tried to intervene. Helems then put him into a headlock and slammed his head into a refrigerator door and a door leading to the basement, prompting their mother to call 911.

Police found a dent in the refrigerator door and what appeared to be human hair stuck to the frame of the basement door.

Helems is due back in court on June 2 for a pretrial hearing.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.