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Complaints dismissed against former Rostraver woman in alleged hammer assault

Paul Peirce
| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 12:27 p.m.
Jamie L. Boggs of Hempfield is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly hitting a man in the head with a beer bottle.
Jamie L. Boggs of Hempfield is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly hitting a man in the head with a beer bottle.

A judge on Wednesday dismissed criminal charges against a former Westmoreland County woman accused of attacking her boyfriend with a hammer in New Stanton after he failed to appear for a court hearing.

State police charged Jamie L. Boggs, 39, of Uniontown with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment in connection with the alleged incident on April 19, according to court documents filed by Trooper Paige Shreffler.

Boggs' attorney, Patrice DePietro of the public defender's office, and assistant District Attorney Gregory DeFloria said East Huntingdon District Judge Charles Moore dismissed the complaints after the alleged victim did not appear for the preliminary hearing — which the judge rescheduled after the man did not appear for a hearing scheduled May 9.

In the April incident, Shreffler reported she was called to a Westmore Avenue home to investigate an assault. She found the victim at a nearby Sheetz holding a bloody rag to a head wound , Shreffler reported.

The man told her that “Boggs became upset with him because he would not give her money. (The victim) stated that Boggs grabbed a hammer and attacked him,” Shreffler reported.

Jamie Boggs' brother, Billy Ray Boggs, 52, is serving a life sentence for using a hammer in 2015 to kill Thomas Guercio, Jamie's boyfriend , in their Rostraver home.

Jamie Boggs was expected to be released Wednesday from the Westmoreland County Prison, where she has been held on $25,000 bond since her arrest last month.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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