Man charged with strangling woman, being persistent offender


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A London man is charged with domestic violence strangulation and other offenses following an incident Wednesday evening in Laurel County.

According to Sheriff John Root, 58-year-old Dione K. Napier was arrested off Chaney Ridge Road, approximately 3 miles north of London after deputies Gary Mehler, Sgt. Greg Poynter, Travis Napier, and Jamie Etherton were dispatched to domestic where neighbors reported hearing breaking glass and screaming.

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When they arrived at the home, at about 5:20 p.m., deputies found a broken window and glass on a concrete porch floor. According to the sheriff, deputies learned Napier allegedly pinned a woman against the wall and choked her until she almost passed out.

Deputies “noted visible injuries” to the woman, who also had been kicked with steel-toed boots, according to the sheriff, who noted Napier told the woman he would have someone kill her.

In addition to strangulation, he was charged with tampering with a witness, third-degree terroristic threatening, and fourth-degree assault. He also was charged on a Laurel circuit indictment for fourth offense DUI; leaving the scene of an accident; driving on DUI suspended license; persistent felony offender and other offenses.