Police: Man attempted to strangle relative during dispute

MOUNT UNION — A 55-year-old man was charged Wednesday with one felony count of strangulation after grabbing a relative by the throat and head with his forearm and disrupting the accuser’s ability to breathe, court documents state.

George D. Ross, of Mount Union, was having a domestic dispute with a relative during which both parties threw household items at each other, according to court documents. Documents indicate the items thrown by the accuser struck Ross. Ross, in turn, grabbed the accuser around the throat and head with his left forearm and squeezed, preventing the individual the ability to breathe, according to court documents. Documents state that Ross then struck the accuser in the eye and back.

Ross was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Lisa Covert and committed to Huntingdon County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $25,000 bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3.