A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, this past weekend after being involved in two separate fights in Tamaqua.
Officers were dispatched to 321 Pine St. at 7:36 p.m. Saturday where they found Angela Wagner in her back yard. Wagner was complaining about being hit in the head with her cell phone. The alleged assailant was identified as Kareem Walker, 24, who uses addresses of 231 Pine and 310 Van Gelder streets, Tamaqua. The assault was reportedly witnessed by Debra Nutall, who was also reportedly assaulted by Walker. Both women were visibly intoxicated.
At 1:39 a.m. Sunday officers were dispatched to the Happy Endings Bar, 315 N. Railroad St., for a fight in progress. When they arrived, both parties were gone, but patrons of the establishment identified one of the men as Walker. Witnesses said Walker was arguing with another man and struck him in the head with a brick. The victim was reportedly on his way to the hospital in a privately owned vehicle. A large pool of blood and broken brick were found on the bar room floor.
Officers were searching for Walker when they found his alleged victim, Joshua Shupp, of Palmerton, who had apparently decided not to seek professional medical treatment. Shupp was advised to go to the hospital where he received seven stitches to close the laceration on his head.
In the meantime officers discovered that Walker was at 231 Pine St., along with Nutall. He was taken into custody at 4:30 a.m., transported to the prison and was video arraigned before District Judge James Ferrier, Orwigsburg.
In the first incident, Walker was charged under the commonwealth's domestic violence laws. Bail was set at $5,000 straight cash.
In the barroom incident Walker was charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. Bail on those charges was also set at $5,000 straight cash.