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North Belle Vernon man accused of assaulting girlfriend

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Thursday, May 2, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A North Belle Vernon is accused of assaulting his girlfriend in their home Tuesday.

Joshua Michael Ocheltree, 25, of 602 Broad Ave., Apt. 2, was charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned by video before Magisterial District Judge Frank Pallone of New Kensington and remanded to the Westmoreland County Jail in lieu of $25,000.

According to North Belle Vernon police, Ocheltree and Taylor Lynn Clay got into an argument over moving out of their apartment. Ocheltree allegedly chased Clay around the apartment and blocked her in their bedroom. He pushed her onto the bed and threw a wooden bedroom door onto her while she was lying on the bed, police reported.

When Clay escaped the apartment, Ocheltree struck his face against a porch railing, injuring his forehead and telling the victim he was going to tell police she struck him, according to police.

Police said Ocheltree is wanted in the state of Ohio on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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