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Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

A Mt. Pleasant Township man is accused of holding a knife to his girlfriend's throat and choking her on Christmas Eve.

Joshua T. Neiderhiser, 24, who lists his address as 2889 Route 31, Acme, is charged with aggravated assault, harassment and simple assault in connection with the alleged incident at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed before Ligonier District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel, state police were summoned to the woman's Donegal residence where Trooper Donald Shirey reported he noticed small cuts on the woman's neck and contusions on her elbow.

The victim, who described Neiderhiser as her boyfriend, said he became enraged, demanding she admit to cheating on him while he was serving time in prison last year on a theft charge.

According to the affidavit, the victim alleges Neiderhiser "held a knife to her throat and choked her" during the assault. Police said the victim alleged that when she attempted to flee the residence, Neiderhiser "drug her back into the residence by her hair."

Neiderhiser was arraigned Christmas Day before Washington Township District Judge Elise Glenn and released after posting $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled Jan. 7 before Thiel.

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