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Hempfield man accused of breaking neighbor's arm with broom handle

Paul Peirce
| Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

A weekend neighborhood feud in Hempfield put one man in a hospital with a broken arm and a second man temporarily in the Westmoreland County Prison.

State police in Greensburg said Scott Allen Miller, 53, of Cromwell Street in the village of Grapeville was charged Saturday with aggravated assault, harassment and simple assault because he struck neighbor Thomas E. Moore, 47, with a wooden broom handle.

Trooper Aaron Allen reported that Miller said he struck Moore because he was angry that Moore attempted to “come onto his property.”

Moore was treated for a broken arm at Excela Health Westmoreland hospital in Greensburg.

Miller and his wife, Toni, denied any wrongdoing on Monday and said Miller intends to fight the complaints at the preliminary hearing scheduled Sept. 28 before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis.

Toni Miller alleges that she witnessed the incident and that both her husband and she were being verbally abused by Moore, “and my husband was only protecting himself.”

“We definitely intend to fight this. My husband did nothing wrong. ... He was just protecting himself,” she said.

Night Court Judge Denise Snyder Thiel arraigned Miller and set bond at $10,000, according to online court dockets.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860 or

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