CANONSBURG (KDKA) – Emotions reached a tipping point in Canonsburg Tuesday at a magistrate’s office.

A surveillance camera caught 31-year-old Jodi Smith allegedly punching 32-year-old Candy Kennedy in the mouth, even though it was Smith who was the winner in a judgment against Kennedy.

“Ms. Smith said the lady laughed and made a gesture to District Judge David Mark. Canonsburg Police Chief R.T. Bell said.

The donnybrook broke out in Judge Mark’s lobby.

“She walked in the door, walked past me past me, punched me in the face and that was it,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy has a swollen bloody lower lip.

“Never opened my mouth to her, never laughed, nothing. The paper was wrong. I didn’t laugh and she only hit me once.”

Smith wasn’t home. Both women live in the Washington Estates Mobile Home Park.

The dispute began after Smith loaned Kennedy $340. Only $40 was returned, so Smith took Kennedy to small claims court and won.

A State Trooper also witnessed the alleged punch.

Smith was arrested by Canonsburg Police and charged with simple assault and harassment.

Smith has been warned to stay away from Kennedy.


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