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Charges dropped in Rostraver domestic dispute

| Thursday, May 3, 2012, 4:04 p.m.

Charges against a Rostraver man related to a domestic incident were dropped Monday when his wife refused to testify.

Paul K. Ucman II, 43, of 360 Patterson Lane, was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment after an early-morning incident May 8 at his residence.

According to court records, Ucman allegedly drove a 2003 BMW through a garage door and rammed a Ford F-350 truck in the driveway while his wife, Debra Hardy, was sitting in the vehicle around 5:30 a.m.

The argument then carried into the home, where Ucman allegedly threw a frying pan through a kitchen window, according to police. Hardy then called Rostraver Township police.

At a preliminary hearing yesterday, District Judge Charles Christner, of West Newton, said he was forced to dismiss the case because Hardy, ex-wife of Fayette County commissioner and multimillionaire Joe Hardy, said she would not testify.

"I don't wish to testify because I never felt that I was in any danger," Hardy said on the stand. "He never touched me. He's never hit me, and I'm the one that actually initiated the argument."

Before Hardy stepped down, Christner scolded her, saying she wasted the court's time.

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