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Tyrone man facing strangulation count

A Tyrone man faces charges after he was accused of choking an older family member.

Dalton Matthew Claar, 30, was arraigned Saturday before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones on a felony charge of strangulation along with misdemeanor charges of simple assault and use/possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary charge of harassment. Unable to post $50,000 bail, he was remanded to the Blair County Prison. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 23 in front of Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller.

According to court documents, Claar allegedly put the 70-year-old family member in a choke hold after he asked her for money and she said she didn’t have any. He became angry and grabbed her by the throat with both hands, police reported.

She was able to fight him off, and when police arrived, Claar was in a bedroom of the Pleasant Drive home.

When asked about the incident, Claar gave no response, police said. After a few minutes of questioning, Claar told police “she should be the one in trouble, I have scratches on my arm.”

While speaking with Claar, police noticed in plain view three glass marijuana smoking devices, which were gathered and placed into evidence, police stated.

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