ROWLEY — The police chief said yesterday his department was expected to file charges in Newburyport District Court against two Rowley women who got into a fight involving a frozen fish filet over the weekend.

Alexa R. Kovach, 28, 31 Pleasant St., Rowley, and Donna L. St. Pierre, 54, 37 Summer St., Rowley, were issued summonses Saturday at 3:14 p.m. on a charge of assault and battery. Kovach was also charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — a frozen fish filet — which Kovach used to hit St. Pierre, according to Rowley police Chief Robert Barker.

Barker said the fight took place earlier Saturday as one of the women was removing items from a residence she used to live in. The second woman confronted her about some of the items she was taking, and a fight ensued. During the fight, Kovach grabbed a frozen fish fillet and struck St. Pierre, Barker said.

"She used what was handy," Barker said.

Neither Kovach nor St. Pierre were seriously injured, and medical aid wasn't required, Barker said.

"We're talking minor bumps and bruises," Barker said.

Kovach later went to the Rowley police station on Haverhill Street to report the incident.

Asked if he ever heard of anyone using a frozen fish filet as a dangerous weapon, Barker said: "Actually, I have not."

Despite the seemingly peculiar choice of weapon, Barker emphasized the seriousness of the incident.

"It's certainly unusual, but it's hard and it can cause serious injury," Barker said.

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