2012-02-02 / Local & State

W. Pa. Man Arrested For Sledgehammer Attack

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – Police have charged a western Pennsylvania man with attempted homicide and aggravated assault after he allegedly hit a woman in the head with a sledgehammer.

47- year- old Paul C. Helmick of Washington is being held on $250,000 cash bond.

Police say Helmick allegedly beat in the apartment door of 51-year-old Lori Ann Phillips on Sunday and then hit her in the head. She was airlifted to a local hospital and is in critical condition with a skull fracture.

An attorney for Helmick wasn't listed in court papers.

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