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Indiana County man held in shooting, brother's assault

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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A 50-year-old Indiana County man is accused of shooting a man with a .22-caliber handgun and striking his brother in the head during an argument.

Kenneth A. Lobur of Penn Run was arraigned on Thursday before Homer City District Judge Susanne Steffee on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment filed by state police in Indiana.

Trooper Scott Mackanick reported in an affidavit of probable cause that about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Lobur struck his brother, John J. Lobur Jr., 53, at the younger man's Jacobs Lane residence in Cherry Township, and John Lobur fell, suffering a cut on his head.

John Lobur returned to his adjoining residence and told Kevin R. Swegles, 57, about the altercation. Swegles told police he went to tell Kenneth Lobur he would drive John Lobur to Indiana Regional Medical Center when another argument started. Swegles alleges that Kenneth Lobur pulled a gun from beneath a bed and fired several shots, striking him once in the thigh.

Both men were treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Mackanick reported there was a strong odor of alcohol on Kenneth Lobur when he questioned him.

The suspect told police the dispute involved rent money the elder Lobur claims he is owed by his brother.

Kenneth Lobur was ordered held in the Indiana County Jail when he failed to post $75,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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