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Two charged in Carbon campground incident waive preliminary hearings

Published November 19. 2009 05:00PM

Two Jim Thorpe men charged in an incident at Jim Thorpe Camping Resort in July, in which an individual was allegedly struck with a baseball bat, agreed to waive their scheduled preliminary hearings yesterday.

Harold L. Maurer, 64, and William "Billy" J. Maurer, 43, both of Lentz Trail, agreed to apply for inclusion in the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) program in Carbon County Court.

District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford said Harold Maurer will seek one year in the program and William Maurer will seek participation for two years.

William had the more serious charges against him. They include one felony charge, aggravated assault, and six misdemeanors: terroristic threats, possessing instruments of crime, two counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and persistent disorderly conduct.

Harold's charges are all misdemeanors: obstructing administration of law or other governmental function, obstructing highways and other public passages, and persistent disorderly conduct.

Although neither gave testimony since there were no hearings, the affidavits indicate that William allegedly struck Timothy J. McCullion (no address listed) with the bat.

The arresting officer is patrolman Michelangelo S. Bokeko of the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

The charges stem from an incident which happened shortly after 3 a.m. on July 16.

In the affidavit regarding William's charges, Bokeko said when he arrived at the campground, William was carrying a wooden baseball bat. Bokeko said he saw the campground van blocking several vehicles which were attempting to leave the property.

"I was then approached by an individual, who identified himself as being Timothy J. McCullion," reads the affidavit. "McCullion stated that he was assaulted by a man with a baseball bat and that he wanted to press charges." McCullion pointed out William as the individual who struck him.

The affidavit for Harold alleges that several individuals told Bokeko they had come to the campground with the intention of getting a campsite. After they arrived at the campground, they were approached by the owners and told the leave, the affidavit states.

"The individuals stated that when they attempted to leave, they were stopped and forced to stay at the campground by one of the owners, who had blocked them in with his mini van."

Bokeko said Harold admitted using his van to prevent the individuals from leaving, and said "he wanted everyone searched for drugs along with all of their vehicles."

Harold also said he wanted the individuals arrested for trespassing. No trespassing arrests were made.

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