- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A southeast Idaho man accused of punching and choking his girlfriend has been charged with felony attempted strangulation and felony domestic battery with traumatic injury.

Idaho Falls police say that on Saturday 45-year-old Michael Shane Sparks punched his girlfriend in the face, pushed her onto a couch and put his hands around her throat.

Police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen says officers who responded Saturday advised the woman to seek medical attention but she refused.

Sparks on Tuesday was being held in the Bonneville County Jail on $35,000 bond.

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