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Meyersdale man charged with stabbing son

October 10, 2018

A 47-year-old father is accused of stabbing his son in the hand as the son tried to defend himself, according to state police.

Carter McKenzie told police that he and his father, Lonnie Roger McKenzie, were arguing about marijuana use Saturday night when his father came at him with a knife at a residence along Tunnel Road in Larimer Township. He said he thought his father was going to stab him in his throat. He put his hands up to defend himself and was stabbed in his right hand. The fight then went to the ground, and the son told police he was able to control his father, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

The son’s girlfriend drove him to Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center, where three stitches were required to close a 1-inch cut on the top of his hand, police said.

Lonnie McKenzie was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, a first-degree felony, simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor, and harassment, a summary count, Sunday by on-call District Judge Sandra Stevanus of New Centerville.

He is free on a $75,000 unsecured bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 before District Judge Douglas McCall Bell in Meyersdale. No defense attorney was listed on an online court docket.

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