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An argument between two Meyersdale brothers turned violent Thursday when each attacked the other, one using a machete, authorities allege.

State police in Somerset said the fight involved Wayne Allen Romesberg, 62, of the 300 block of Olinger Street, and Gary Lee Romesberg, 55, of the 300 block of Hill Street.

According to a criminal complaint, Gary Romesberg told troopers that his brother wanted to meet with him to settle a dispute and that his brother was bringing a gun.

Gary Romesberg said he grabbed a machete, stuck it in his waistband and went outside. Gary Romesberg said that, when his brother punched him in the face, he pulled out the machete and struck him in the head, the complaint said.

Gary Romesberg said his brother took the machete from him and hit him in the head, right forearm and right shin.

Wayne Romesberg allegedly told troopers that his brother wanted to meet him on the street to settle a dispute and that, when his brother got close, he shoved him to the ground.

Wayne Romesberg said that his brother got up and struck him in the head with the machete, the complaint said.

Wayne Romesberg allegedly said he took away the machete and threw it on the ground, and when his brother came at him again, he placed him in a headlock and took him to the ground before two other men came over to separate the brothers, the complaint said.

Wayne Romesberg suffered a large laceration to the right side of his head.

The brothers were both charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

They were arraigned by on-call District Judge Sandra Stevanus, of New Centerville, and sent to the Somerset County Jail after each failed to post $10,000 bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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