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Indiana men ordered to jail after stabbing, altercation, police say

July 29, 2018

Two members of an Indiana County family were arrested Wednesday on assault and harassment charges by state police after an altercation sent one of the men to a hospital for a stab wound.

Charles E. Veith, 58, of Strongstown, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and harassment filed by state police for allegedly assaulting his nephew, Robert P. Smith, 27, of Starford, also in rural Indiana County. He was arraigned Thursday before Indiana District Judge Guy Haberl and ordered held in the county prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.

State police spokesman Trooper Cliff Greenfield said Smith suffered a stab wound to his right shoulder and also suffered a knife slash wound to his chest following the 4:28 p.m. incident at Veith’s residence. Smith was treated at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown and released Thursday.

After Smith’s release from the hospital, he was arraigned on charges of simple assault and harassment and ordered held in the county jail after he failed to post $5,000 bail.

During the altercation, Greenfield reported that in addition to stabbing his nephew with a knife, Veith also fired a shot at Smith from a .380 caliber handgun at Smith but missed. Police said the bullet struck a vacant mobile home. Smith is accused of striking Veith with a large can and a piece of wood.

Police confiscated the handgun and knife.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 8 before Haberl.

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