Wright Township Police Chief Royce Engler reports that on Saturday, March 8, 2014, Sgt. Scott Rozitski responded to an EMS call for an unresponsive teen. On scene, Sgt. Rozitski found an underage drinking party in progress. The unresponsive teen was taken to a local Emergency Room for treatment. Youths were released in the custody of their parents. Nine citations were issued for underage consumption of alcohol.
On Monday, March 10, 2014, Sgt. Scott Rozitski and Ptlm. David Winsock responded to a male/female Domestic Dispute. Upon arrival,, the male was identified as Richard Roediger, who had an outstanding Bench Warrant. Roediger was taken into custody and transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
On Tuesday March 12, 2014, Ptlm. Michael Marshall responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Church Road and Route 309. On scene, the officer noticed the driver of one of the vehicles, Robert Lemanski, of Mountaintop, had a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on his breath. Lemanski failed three field sobriety tests given by Ptlm. Marshall. The officer then took Lemanski into custody and transported him to Geisinger Wyoming Valley for blood alcohol testing. Charges are pending upon the results.
Aaron Harding, 22, of Mountaintop, was charged on March 9, 2014 with Possession of Marijuana, and Use/ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on February 27, Patrolman Raymond J. Suda, Rice Township, was called to a home in Mountaintop with EMS for a 22-year old man with seizure-like symptoms. Going into the home, Robert Harding, Aaron Harding’s father, explained that he found his son unconscious and it seemed like he was having a seizure. Robert Harding also said Aaron Harding was bleeding from his mouth.
While Aaron Harding was having his vitals taken in the ambulance, Patrolman Suda stayed in Aaron Harding’s bedroom with Robert Harding, who was having trouble breathing. Robert told the officer where he found Aaron unconscious on the floor, and Patrolman Suda saw a clear, orange, white, and yellow smoking pipe on the floor. There was a green, leafy substance inside it, which looked like marijuana that had been packed but not yet smoked. Robert was checked out at the ambulance, but he and Aaron refused to go to the hospital.
Patrolman Suda questioned Aaron, who said he had only taken a Xanax to help him sleep. He also said he smokes weed. Aaron also said that the leafy substance in the pipe found by Patrolman Suda was marijuana.
Aaron Harding is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing.