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Quarrel over TV ends in domestic dispute

April 18, 2018 News Extra

Charles Ashton Jr. of Penn Township, charged with strangling wife at their home.

PENN TWP — An argument over television apparently sparked a domestic dispute Monday night during which a 71-year-old man allegedly strangled his wife, authorities said.

Penn Township police arrested Charles E. Ashton Jr. and paramedics tended to his 65-year-old wife but she refused transport to the hospital for further treatment, following the altercation at the couple's home.

Ashton was arraigned on a felony charge of strangulation, a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a summary charge of harassment. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Ashton faces a preliminary hearing tentatively set for May 9 at the office of District Judge Sue Haggerty in Saxonburg.

A full story appears in the Butler Eagle.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.