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Belle Vernon woman charged with assaulting boyfriend

| Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Belle Vernon woman tried to stab and strangle her boyfriend, who fled to a gas station to report the incident, according to Rostraver police.

Rebecca L. Laughland, 37, was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a crime instrument, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

At about 4 a.m. Sunday, Theodore R. Baehr Jr. called police from a gas station, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Earlier in the evening, Baehr was asleep on an air mattress in his living room after an argument with Laughland, police said. He awoke with Laughland standing over him, holding a steak knife, police said.

Baehr told police Laughland was swinging the knife toward his head. When he moved, the knife punctured the air mattress, Baehr told police.

He also quoted Laughland as saying she meant to stab him in the head, police said.

Laughland returned to the bedroom, and Baehr said about 45 minutes later, Laughland jumped on top of him and tried to choke him, police said. Baehr told police that Laughland held a small kitchen knife in her mouth.

Officer Stephen Crawford said he saw red marks on Baehr's neck.

Laughland posted a $5,000 bond with the condition that she have no contact with Baehr.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 21 before Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner, of West Newton.

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