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Two Greensburg brothers charged with witness intimidation

| Sunday, June 10, 2012, 1:45 p.m.

Two Greensburg brothers are charged with using threats to try to persuade an alleged victim in another case not to testify against one of the brothers.

Edward Bates, 38, and Jack Bates, 37, both of 511 Sells Lane, were arraigned Sunday before North Huntingdon District Judge Douglas Weimer on a charge of intimidation of a victim or witness.

Greensburg police allege the two called a 37-year-old woman Feb. 13 and threatened her if she testified against Jack Bates in a case filed Jan. 27.

In that case, Bates was charged with aggravated assault and other offenses after Greensburg police said he assaulted the woman and started strangling her.

Police took the two men into custody on arrest warrants after authorities responded to a disturbance at the brothers' home Saturday, Greensburg police Capt. George Seranko said.

Jack Bates was jailed in lieu of posting $50,000 bond. His brother was unable to post $5,000 bond, according to court records.

They face preliminary hearings before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.

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