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January 19, 2012

Brothers brawl over broken bong, cops say

JOHNSTOWN — Two Johnstown brothers were charged this week in connection with a fight over a broken marijuana bong, police said.

In a court document, Ferndale police said they responded to a call Wednesday of brothers fighting at a Forbes Court residence. One reportedly brandished a screwdriver while the other hid in his bedroom.

It began, authorities said, when 18-year-old Tyler James Kamler questioned 23-year-old Brandon Scott Kamler about his broken bong.

Tyler Kamler said his brother became upset and entered his bedroom, grabbed him around the neck and put him in a headlock.

Tyler Kamler, who suffered injuries to his face and neck, said he was able to get away and call 911, police said.

When police arrived and asked him what he used the bong for, they said Tyler answered, “What do you think?”

Police said they seized a small container with a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Investigators then asked the elder brother whether there were any additional drugs, and said he told them “yes, outside in the flower bed.”

Police said they found a black bag wrapped in rubber bands buried in one corner of the flower bed. Inside the bag, officers found one ashtray, four lighters and two smoking pipes.

Police also found five other bags containing suspected marijuana.

Both men were charged with drug possession. Brandon Kamler also was charged with simple assault.

The Kamlers were arraigned by on-call District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury and released on unsecured bond.

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