Magisterial District Court Reports
Simple Assault

Mark Swartwood, 50, 475 Thomas St., Mountaintop, has been charged with simple assault, harassment and strangulation stemming from an incident that took place on April 8, 2017. The charges were filed by Officer Andrew Hashagen of the Rice Township Police Department.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on April 8, 2017, Officer Hashagen was dispatched to a report of an assault at 457 Thomas Street. The caller, Jamie Swartwood, reported that she left the residence and was currently at her boyfriend’s house at 55 Birch Street in Fairview Township.

When Officer Hashagen arrived at the scene he spoke with Jamie and her boyfriend, Christopher Kennedy. Jamie stated that when she was at home, her kitten peed in the laundry basket and her father, Mark Swartwood, began to get angry about it. Mark then began grabbing items of Jamie’s and threw them in the trash. Jamie began to take these items out of the trash and Mark pushed her away. Jamie attempted to get the items again and at this time, Mark grabbed her neck and started to drag her out of the house. Jamie stated she grabbed a mop and used it to try to free herself.

She continued to state that Mark held her against the house by her neck and she hit the door and window with the mop while attempting to get free. Jamie said that while holding her against the wall, her feet were not touching the ground. She said Mark locked her out of the house and she used her key to get back inside to get her cell phone to call Christopher to come pick her up.

They drove to the police station but there was no officer there. Jamie then contacted her mother to see if she could get some clothes to which her mother said yes. Jamie went back to the house and packed things. While leaving, Mark came out of the house and began cursing and yelling at Jamie and Christopher. Jamie said Mark was making gun shapes with his hand and began punching and kicking Christopher’s vehicle. At this time her mother tried to get between Mark and the vehicle but he pushed her away. Christopher drove away with Jamie. Jamie provided a written statement.

Officer Hashagen spoke to Christopher who stated he began receiving calls from Jamie stating that her dad had choked her and she needed to be picked up right away. They then drove to the police station but an officer wasn’t there.

Christopher stated that Jamie’s mother and grandmother stated not to call the police because it would “ruin the family” then they received permission from Jamie’s mother to get items for the night.

While at the residence, Mark came outside and began to threaten Christopher and punch and kick his vehicle. Mark told Christopher that if he ever saw his vehicle in the driveway again he would kill him and made a gun shape with his hand and pointed it at Christopher’s head. Then they drove off.

Officer Hashagen attempted to speak with Mark but he would not talk.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled May 31, 2017 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.

DUI, Disorderly Conduct

Donna Marie Williams, 57, 39 Westminister St.,Wilkes-Barre, has been charged with DUI and disorderly conducted stemming from an incident that took place on April 15, 2017. Charges were filed by Officer David Winsock of the Wright Township Police Department.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, Officer Winsock received a report of a woman passed out in the driver’s seat behind the steering wheel of a vehicle stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Church and South Main roads.

Officer Winsock observed a 2010 Jeep parked in the roadway at the stop sign. A witness stated that he observed the vehicle at the stop sign, walked up to the vehicle, and attempted several times to wake the woman. The witness then reached inside the vehicle, put it in park, turned the vehicle off and took the keys out of the ignition, then handed the keys over to Officer Winsock.

The officer immediately detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the female’s breath as she spoke. Also, in plain view in the center console cup holder was an opened can of Coors Light Beer. The female, after several verbal warnings, would not stop yelling and screaming obscenities at the officer as he tried to speak to her as to where she was driving and why she passed out behind the steering wheel in the middle of the roads. The female continually tried to get into the driver’s seat of her vehicle and then the rear passenger seat and refused to cooperate.

Officer Winsock restrained and handcuffed the female and advised her that she was under arrest for disorderly conduct and suspicion of DUI.

The female was identified as Donna M. Williams, 39 Westminister Street, Wilkes-Barre. Williams continued to be disorderly. Several attempts were made to get Williams in the rear seat of the cruiser but she refused. Williams then urinated on herself. She was taken to the Rice Twp. Police cruiser where it was easier for Williams to get into. Once inside, she urinated on herself the second time. With the assistance of Ptlm. Shaun Zane and Winsock, Williams was taken out of the Rice cruiser and placed in the Wright Twp. cruiser and was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. She continued to be disorderly in the emergency room.

Williams was advised of her O’Connell Warnings and finally submitted to a blood test. She was released to her family.

The result of the blood test was 0.191%.