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Saturday, May 24, 2014, 1:16 a.m.

A fight in Vandergrift on Thursday night ended with one borough man stabbed and the other man in jail, police said.

Vandergrift police said Ronald Chad Garner, 40, of Grant Ave. was driving along Farragut Avenue when he saw David George Ash, 47, of Jefferson Street, pulled over and got out.

Garner yelled that Ash owed him $30, and Ash accused Garner of taking $140 from his wife seven or eight months ago, said Officer Nate Rigatti.

Police say Garner stabbed Ash in the left forearm. Garner then drove to the police station and reported that Ash had tried to stab him. Garner said he pulled out his own knife and stabbed Ash in self defense, police said.

When police found a knife in Ash's pocket, Ash said he grabbed it to defend himself against Garner who had just stabbed him.

Garner was arrested and charged with multiple counts of felony aggravated and simple assault, and a single count of reckless endangerment.

Ash was taken to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, where on Friday afternoon he was listed in good condition.

Garner was arraigned and taken to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing.

The hearing is scheduled for June 3 before Allegheny Township District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711.

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