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MILTON - Pennsylvania State Police at Milton have charged a 60-year-old Milton man for allegedly strangling his fiance during a drunken episode at their home on March 14, 2019.

Police said they responded to a call regarding a domestic incident at 144 Gessner Road in Kelly Township, involving James Samuel Toot of 33 Lower Market St.. The victim told police she and Toot got into an argument because he reportedly came home from work and had been drinking. The victim told police she and Toot were arguing over the possession of his keys when he pulled her by the arms and put her in a headlock. During the course of the struggle the victim was pushed into a wooden door, causing injuries to her arm and redness on her neck.

Toot then left the residence. He was later stopped by state police and taken into custody. In addition to strangulation, Toot faces charges of simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief in Union County. He is currently in the Union County Jail, unable to post $15,000 set bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 25, 2019, in front of Magisterial District Judge Richard P. Cashman.

Toot is also facing charges of driving under the influence, carleess driving and related traffic offenses in Montour County. That preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 29, 2019.