Salvatore Argo, 40, 206 Hemlock Terrace, Mountaintop, has been charged with Unlawful Restraint/ Serious Bodily Injury, False Imprisonment, Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct. Charges were filed on January 2, 2016 by Officer Andrew Hashagen of the Fairview Township Police Department.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on January 2, 2016, Officer Hashagen was dispatched to 206 Hemlock Terrace for a report of a hostage situation. The residence had a previous history of physical domestics. Due to the report of a hostage situation, 8904 and 7204 were requested to assist as well as the PSP, Hazleton.
Upon arrival on scene, police made their way to the front door which was locked. A female, Tenisun Kronmiller, walked out of a side office and answered the door. Tenisun was visibly shaken and was wearing only undergarments and appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. She stated that the defendant, Salvatore Argo, had contacted her earlier in the day but could not give an approximate time. Tenisun stated that she met the defendant at Mr. Z’s parking lot in Mountaintop and they both got into her 2014 white Dodge Avenger and drove to the house at 206 Hemlock Terrace.
When they got to the residence, the defendant became very aggressive and physically assaulted Tenisun, striking her in the face. The defendant also sat on Tenisun and pinned her to the ground several times. The defendant then forced Tenisun into the upstairs bedroom and barricaded the door shut using items from the room and forced her to drink Benadryl and take Klonopin. At one point, the defendant brought Tenisun a glass with pills crushed up inside and forced her to drink it; the pills caused the water to turn pink. The defendant smashed Tenisun’s phone when she attempted to call for help and held a knife to her neck; there was also a cut on her left thigh consistent with a knife wound. She stated that Argo choked her with his hands and she could not breathe. Tenisun stated she did not know how long she was in the room but was visibly shaken when she was alerted it was 3:30 a. m. and stated she had been there all night.
At one point, Tenisun was able to get free from the room and lock herself in a downstairs office. At this time, she got on Facebook and posted that she needed help and was being held hostage, asking someone to call 911 and send police to her house.
The defendant had fled the scene in a white 2014 Dodge Avenger. Tenisun remained in the room until police arrived. She then stated she did not know where the defendant would go but stated his father lived in Pittston near Cooper’s/ Pittston City police were advised, and a county wide BOLO was made for the vehicle and the defendant. Police also attempted to ping the defendant’s phone but were unable to get a good ping. Photographs were taken.
While documenting the crime scene, paperwork was found on the kitchen counter which was a copy of a criminal complaint for a previous incident at the house where the defendant was charged.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled January 27, 2016 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.
Marshall Wilson Clymer, 58, 402 Northumberland Street, White Haven, has been charged with two counts of DUI, Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended/ Revoked, Restrictions on Alcoholic Beverages Failure to Use Safety Belt, and Turning Movements and Required Signals. Charges were filed on January 7, 2016 by PA State Trooper Matthew A. Hunter, Troop N, Hazleton.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on December 13, 2015, Trooper Hunter responded to a report of an individual seen in the woods behind the residence at 39 Hess Lane, Foster Township. The complainant, Joseph Barron, related that he believed he had seen a man in the woods behind the trailer. During the course of the investigation, Marshall Clymer of White Haven Borough was developed as the possible actor. Trooper Hunter had been to Hess Lane two prior times for incidents of harassment and PFA violations involving Clymer and Barron’s mother.
Cpl. James Meyers then arrived on the scene. Cpl. Meyers was aware that a fire was started in an attempt to set the Barron property on fire the night before which was being investigated by PSP-Hazleton Fire Marshall Unit. Cpl. Meyers and Trooper Hunter then went to Clymer’s residence to speak to him regarding the suspicious person incident.
On December 13, 2015, at approximately 9 p. m., Cpl. Meyers and Trooper Hunter arrived at 402 Northumberland Street, White Haven Borough to interview Marshall Clymer relating to the suspicious person report. As they were exiting their vehicles, Trooper Hunter was advised by PSP-Hazleton that Joseph Barron had called and advised that he had just seen Clymer’s Jeep pass the Hess Lane residence heading towards White Haven. Cpl. Meyers and Trooper Hunter headed towards Hess Lane they observed Clymer’s Jeep pass them on SR 940. The officers pulled a U-turn and Cpl. Meyers was able to position his vehicle directly behind the Jeep and verified the registration. The Jeep merged lanes without using a turn signal and was driving below the posted speed limit. From prior contacts with Clymer, Trooper Hunter was aware that the Jeep is registered to Clymer’s 80-year old mother and that he is the primary user of the Jeep and that he has a suspended driver’s license. The officers activated their lights and siren and the vehicle turned onto Maple Drive and stopped.
Trooper Hunter identified Clymer and asked him to step out of the vehicle. The Trooper observed that Clymer was not wearing a seatbelt. Beer cans were also observed in the center console and passenger side. Clymer agreed to exit his vehicle. Trooper Hunter observed Clymer stagger as he moved to the rear of his vehicle. The Trooper informed Clymer that the stop was being recorded and the reason for the stop. Trooper Hunter observed the moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Clymer.
The trooper asked Clymer what he was doing down by Hess Lane. He informed Clymer that he was aware of the Protection from Abuse (PFA) between him and Patricia Barron. Clymer stated that the PFA only prevents him from being on the property. Cpl. Meyers then informed Clymer that the PFA also prevents him from calling, texting and communicating. Clymer related that Barron had called him and told him that he could call her. Trooper Hunter informed Clymer that the PFA is a no contact PFA and that means that he cannot communicate with her without violating the PFA.
The trooper asked Clymer where he was coming from at that time and Clymer stated he was coming from the post office where he had just mailed something. Clymer was informed that he was just seen passing Hess Lane and that the trooper knew he wasn’t coming from the post office. Clymer admitted that he had driven by the property and related that he knew he was not allowed on the property but nothing prevents him from driving past the property.
Trooper Hunter asked Clymer how much he had to drink in the last 24 houts. Clymer responded five beers. Clymer agreed to take a series of field sobriety tests. The trooper administered a PBT to Clymer that indicated he was above the legal limit to operate a vehicle. Clymer was placed under arrest for DUI.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled February 24, 2016 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.