Man faces felony for choking woman


BUCKHANNON — A man allegedly choked a woman two different times after arguing over an apartment.  
Joseph Joshua Ward, 33, of Buckhannon, was arrested for strangulation, a felony.
On May 9, Ward and the victim got into an altercation over the victim getting an application for an apartment, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
Ward allegedly grabbed the victim and shoved her into the wall and bathtub before choking her. Once out in the hallway, Ward then allegedly choked the victim again and covered her mouth.
Sgt. Tom Posey, the investigating officer, observed red marks and abrasions on her throat, scrapes on her arm and a cut on her hand.
At the scene, Posey also stated he observed multiple items knocked onto the floor and into the bathtub.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $75,000 and ordered Ward to have no contact with victim.
If convicted, Ward faces up to a $2,500 fine and/or imprisonment in a state correctional facility for one to five years.

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