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Evans City man charged with strangulation

Dale R. Spaulding

State police arrested an Evans City man after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend inside a Forward Township storage unit.

Police charged Dale R. Spaulding, 50, with felony strangulation, misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment, related to the Sunday incident.

Following his arraignment Sunday morning by District Judge Sue Haggerty, Spaulding was placed in Butler County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bond.

According to charging documents, police were dispatched around 12:31 a.m. to Evans City Mini Storage, where they found a woman with apparent injuries.

“There were observable red marks on the left side of her neck as well as scratching and bruising on her left elbow and the inside of her left arm,” said the investigating officer in the affidavit. “She was walking with a limp and appeared to have an injured left knee from the incident.”

Police said the woman told officers Spaulding, her boyfriend, slammed her against the wall while the couple was inside the storage unit, “where they have been sleeping.”

The woman told officers Spaulding then wrapped his hands around her throat to a point where she could not breathe, before throwing her to the ground outside the door.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled Aug. 10 before District Judge Wayne Seibel.