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Roaring Spring man facing strangulation, assault counts

Police say victim provided evidence of earlier attacks

Freedom Township police charged a Roaring Spring man with strangulation last week, after they observed him chasing a household member, court documents state.

Michael P. Claar, 40, was arraigned May 10 by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones on a felony charge of strangulation, misdemeanor simple assault and harassment, according to court documents.

Freedom Township and Greenfield Township police responded to a report of a domestic dispute May 9 near the 900 block of Tuscarora Lane, in East Freedom, police reported.

As the officers arrived at the scene, Claar was allegedly chasing the victim, court documents stated.

Claar was detained, and the victim told police she had been afraid for her life, because a few days prior, Claar strangled her until she blacked out on two occasions, police reported.

The victim showed police photos of injuries to her neck from the previous incident, which police noted were consistent with the effects of strangling.

Before police arrived May 9, Claar allegedly strangled the victim again, before throwing her to the floor, court documents state.

Claar was released on a $50,000 unsecured bail, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3 before Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger, court documents stated.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.

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