Theresa Haas, 53, 139 Valley Stream Park, Mountaintop, has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Harassment stemming from an incident that took place last month. Officer Andrew Hashagen, Rice Township Police Department, filed the charges on July 28, 2016.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, Officer Hashhagen was handling a walk-in at the station on July 9, 2016. Theresa Hass, the Defendant, ran into the station and began to yell that her daughter was attempting suicide. At this time another unit was called for back-up to respond to the station. A juvenile, 16, came into the station and began to yell that her mother was “trying to murder” her. Both parties were separated.
Officer Hashagen spoke to the juvenile and asked what happened. The juvenile stated that the Defendant had found out she was talking to a boy the Defendant did not like and came into her bedroom and began to hit her in the stomach with a closed fist and slapped her in the face several times. The Defendant then pushed the juvenile to the ground and held her hands behind her back. The juvenile stated at this time the Defendant put her in a “choke hold” and she was not able to breathe. The juvenile stated several times that she was not able to breathe and that she was unable to talk to tell the Defendant while in the choke hold. The juvenile stated she bit the Defendant on the arm to get her off and then ran to the kitchen and grabbed a knife to get the Defendant away from her.
The Defendant then offered to take the juvenile to her dad’s house in Wyoming. The juvenile stated that while she was in the car the hitting continued and when the vehicle came to a stop the Defendant told her that she was going to be placed in a mental hospital.
At this time the Juvenile stated she opened the door and attempted to exit a stopped vehicle. The juvenile stated that when the door opened, the Defendant hit the gas and she fell out. The juvenile got back in the car. They arrived at the police station where the juvenile stated she had pain in her right arm and tingling in her right fingers. There were visible physical injuries on the back and face of the juvenile. Photos were taken by Officer Hashagen.
Officer Hashagan spoke with the Defendant and asked what happened. The Defendant stated that she and the juvenile got into a verbal argument about a boy the juvenile was talking to and the argument turned physical when the juvenile went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife and put it to her throat. The Defendant stated that she told the juvenile that she would take her to her father’s house in Wyoming and to get in the car. When the Defendant told the juvenile she was going to her father’s house, she jumped out of the moving car at about 25 mph. There were no injuries to the juvenile consistent with jumping out of a moving vehicle to support the claim. The Defendant stated she got the juvenile back into the car and drove to the station.
The Defendant had visible physical injuries on her face and chest and there was also a bite mark on the Defendant’s left arm, consistent with the juvenile’s statement.
The Defendant stated she wanted to voluntarily commit the juvenile because she was suicidal. The officer asked if the she had ever attempted it before or if she had been evaluated mentally for any problems or ever made statements about suicide before, the Defendant stated “no”.
The juvenile was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley to evaluate her injuries and for commitment paperwork. The officer spoke with Dr. Katie Ahmadzadeh who was asked in her opinion if she believed the mother’s story that the juvenile jumped out of a moving vehicle. She responded “no” and further stated she did not believe the juvenile was a danger to herself and that a crisis worker had to evaluate her. It seemed more likely to the physician like domestic abuse. The officer reported suspected child abuse.
On July 22, 2016, the juvenile was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center, Wilkes-Barre. The statements made to the interviewer were found to be sincere. Felony charges for aggravated assault were approved.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July August 24, 2016 at 10:30 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Gerald L. Feissner.
Michael Lee May, 28, 841 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, was charged with Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness and Harassment stemming from an incident on July 3, 2016. Officer Joshua Deets, Wright Township Police Department, filed the charges on July 21, 2016.
According to the Affidavit of
Probable Cause, on July 3, 2016 at approximately 9:10 p. m., police were dispatched to a report of a fight in progress between two males on Route 309 in the parking lot near Ayers Towing. Police arrived on the scene and discovered two males struggling on the ground in the parking lot. Police separated the two and detained Defendant Michael May, in handcuffs. The other male involved in the fight was identified as Ernie Bidding, Jr. who stated that the defendant was intoxicated and began arguing and pushing his cousin, Sharice Bidding, at which point he tried to separate the Defendant and Sharice when a physical fight erupted between them.
Ernie Bidding Jr. stated that the Defendant struck him in the face and that he had scrapes on his arms from when they fell to the ground. Police observed redness on Ernie Bidding Jr.’s right cheek and scrapes on his left arm.
Witness Ernie Joe Bidding Sr. stated that the Defendant started the fight when Ernie Bidding Jr. tried to separate the Defendant and Sharice and he attempted to break up the fight prior to police arrival and sustained a scrape on his hand. Sharice Bidding stated that the Defendant pushed her while she was holding her 6-month old child at which point Ernie Bidding Jr. stepped in and tried to separate them when the fight erupted. Sharice stated that at some point during the altercation, the Defendant began striking Vincent Bidding’s pickup truck that caused dents.
Police spoke to Vincent Bidding who stated that during the altercation the Defendant struck his pickup truck, a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado, and showed police dents on the hood and rear passenger side panel of the truck caused by the Defendant.
When asked how the fight began, the Defendant stated he did no know. He was visibly highly intoxicated and admitted to being intoxicated.
Police later provided an estimate for the damage caused to Vincent Bidding’s property by defendant which reflected a total of $1,287.98 in damages and repair costs.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled at 10 a. m. on August 17, 2016 before Magisterial District Judge Gerald L. Feissner.