Magisterial Court Reports
Simple Assault, Harassment

Barbara Hazus, 27, 707 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, has been charged with Simple Assault, Harassment, and Defiant Trespass by Actual Communication. Charges were filed by Sgt. Harry Ehret, Rice Township Police Department, on July 8, 2016.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, dispatched to 2800 Blytheburn Road for a reported fight between two people, officers arrived on the scene to find Kim Yordy sitting on a couch crying saying that she was just assaulted by a female named Barbara Hazus.

Yordy stated that Hazus entered the house through the front door and a verbal dispute ensued between Hazus and Yordy and Jerry Langdon, owner of the home. Langdon stated that he told Hazus multiple times to leave to leave. Yordy stated that Hazus then punched her in the face several times with a closed fist, causing injury to her teeth, a laceration to the right side of her head and caused bruising and redness to her face. Officers at the scene did witness the injury to Yordy. She received medical treatment from Mountain Top EMS and was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Officers were informed that Hazus was intoxicated and wearing shorts and a tee shirt, about 5’4” with blonde hair and fled in a gold colored Jeep. Officers located the Jeep at the Crossroads bar and observed a female fitting that description walking into the bar from the Jeep. Officers identified Hazus sitting at the bar. She was taken into custody and transported to Rice Township Police Dept. to be processed on criminal charges stemming from the incident. The Bartender stated that Hazus was at the Crossroads bar until approximately 7 p. m., left and returned to the bar when police arrived.

Officers attempted to read her Constitutional rights but Hazus refused to sign her waiver and also stated that she wanted a lawyer and refused to any and all questions concerning the incident.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled August 3, 2016 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Jude Ronald W. Swank.


Cari Ann Morris, 34, 34 Brandywyn Drive, Mountain Top, has been charged with two counts of DUI, Disregard Traffic Lane, and Duties at Stop Sign. Charges were filed on July 15, 2016 by Tpr. Robert Minnick, Hazleton PSP.

According to the Affidavit of Probable cause, on May 17, 2016 at about 5:31 p. m., Tpr. Kowalick and Tpr. Minnick were notified of a possibly intoxicated driver by Tpr. John Lutchko, PSP Swiftwater, who observed a black GMC Terrain on Interstate 81 near Nuangola. Tpr. Lutchko explained the vehicle was not maintaining its lane and that the operator had failed to stop for two clearly posted stop signs. Lutchko advised that the vehicle pulled into a driveway at 7789 Blue Ridge Trail.

Upon arrival, Tpr. Minnick made contact with trooper Lutchko who explained what he had observed. Tpr. Minnick made contact with the operator who was standing to the rear of her vehicle speaking with Tpr. Kowalick. Minnick immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her person. He noticed her eyes were bloodshot and glossy. Tpr. Minnick asked her for her driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. Upon receiving her license, she was identified as Cari Morris. Morris related that she and a friend shared a bottle of wine over the last few hours.

At this time, Tpr. Minnick asked Morris to perform standardized field sobriety tests during which she displayed clues of impairment. Tpr. determined Morris had consumed enough alcoholic beverages to render her incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle. She was placed under arrest for DUI and secured in the patrol car.

Morris was transported to the PSP Hazleton Station where she was advised of her DL-26 Chemical testing Warnings. Upon completion of the warnings, she acknowledged them and was willing to submit to a breath test. The test indicated she had a breath alcohol concentration of .202%.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled August 31, 2016.