Man facing strangulation, other charges

From staff reports

A Franklin man is facing strangulation and other charges following a dispute with a woman Wednesday.

A criminal complaint filed by Sugarcreek Borough police says Kenneth David Smith, 37, is accused of grabbing the women by the neck, shoving her into a wall and threatening to kill her if she called police.

Police responded at about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday to a residence on Independent Road after receiving a call from the woman.

The officer observed bruising on the woman’s neck, arms and torso, the complaint said.

Smith had left the residence but was contacted later by phone. He agreed to come to the Sugarcreek police station and make a written statement.

Smith said in the statement the woman had come toward him and he pushed her away, causing them both to fall into the wall, the complaint said.

The woman met with an advocate from the PPC Violence Free Network and filed an emergency protection from abuse order, according to the complaint.

Smith is charged with a felony count of strangulation and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and terroristic threats.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Venango County Central Court.