2 accused of domestic violence
Two local men were charged following separate alleged domestic violence incidents that took place over the weekend.
Michael John Hart, 28, of 1809 Sweeley Ave., has been charged with simple assault and harassment.
State police were contacted by the alleged victim on April 26. She told authorities that she and Hart had been at Susquehanna Campgrounds in Piatt Township the day before, at a cabin Hart was renting.
The two began to argue, reports say. According to authorities Hart grabbed the woman’s hair and threw her on the ground, causing her to hit her lower back on the floor. Hart then allegedly dragged the woman by her hair and repeatedly kicked her. He then allegedly knocked a shelf over, which hit her below her right eye, according to court record.
The woman was able to flee the cabin and reach her vehicle. She then drove herself to Jersey Shore Hospital, where she received treatment for her injuries.
In the affidavit, officers noted that the woman had bruises on her arms, legs, face and lower back. She also was limping, according to reports.
Hart was arraigned before District Judge Gary Whiteman on April 28. He is incarcerated in lieu of $5,000.
Bart R. Totos, 54, of 222 Lehman Road, Cogan Station, also has been charged with simple assault and harassment following a separate incident.
Friday, a woman reported to police that she and Totos had engaged in an argument earlier that day. According to the victim, Totos had been drunk and argumentative when she entered their Cogan Station residence. She allegedly attempted to calm him down and began cleaning off the kitchen table. Totos pushed the woman onto the kitchen floor, and began punching her, according to reports.
During the struggle, Totos also allegedly began choking the woman, according to court records.
During their interview, the woman told authorities that Totos had threatened to kill her and then himself, if she were to end their relationship, records state.
Totos was arraigned before District Judge James G. Carn Saturday. He is incarcerated in lieu of $15,000 bail.