- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man is under arrest after police say he used racial slurs in a death threat against his Williamstown neighbor, who was also arrested.

State police charged 22-year-old Joshua Axle Thornton this week with ethnic intimidation, simple assault, harassment and other offenses.

PennLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/1Bcy908 ) Thornton’s dispute with 30-year-old Nathan Ward arose over the ownership of a $1,000 speaker system.

Troopers say Ward claimed Thornton stole his speakers, but Thornton said he had arranged to buy the set for $400.

Ward told troopers Thornton threatened him with a shovel. Ward’s wife said Thornton’s wife hit their minivan with a shovel.

Ward faces aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and other charges for his part in the alleged dispute.

Thornton and Ward were unable to post bail Friday and remained jailed.

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Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com

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