A young Lansford man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon during a tussle with his uncle over a cell phone.
Paul Walck, no age available, of 345 W. Bertsch St., was taken first to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, then flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, said borough Police Chief John Turcmanovich.
The fight between Walck and his uncle, Clair A. Borger Jr., 36, started at about 3 p.m. as an argument in the house, where both lived along with other family members.
Turcmanovich said the two started throwing things at one another. I don't know who got whom in a headlock, but they rolled out the front door, down the porch steps and onto the sidewalk," he said.
Turcmanovich said that when police arrived, Walck was curled up on the sidewalk, bleeding and twitching. Police had to remove Borger from the house.
Walck was treated at the scene by members of the Lansford Ambulance and Lehighton EMS before being taken to the hospital.
Borger is in Carbon County prison, charged with two counts of simple assault, and one count each of disorderly conduct and harassment. He was arraigned before District judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford and jailed under $3,000 straight cash bail. Even if he posts the amount, Borger won't immediately gain his freedom as he was on probation when the fight happened.
Turcmanovich said Walck faces the same charges upon his release from the hospital.
Nesquehoning police assisted at the scene.