From staff reports
A Franklin man facing strangulation and other charges waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.
Kenneth David Smith, 37, is charged with a felony count of strangulation and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and terroristic threats in connection with a Jan. 16 incident.
Police responded to the Independent Road home and observed bruising on the woman’s neck, arms and torso, the complaint said.
Smith said in the statement that the woman had come toward him and he pushed her away, causing them both to fall into the wall, the complaint said.
The woman met with an advocate from the PPC Violence Free Network and filed an emergency protection from abuse order, according to the complaint.