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Man jailed after Schuylkill incident

Published August 16. 2010 05:00PM

Matthew Klinger, 44, of Hegins, was committed to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, after his arraignment Aug. 12 before District Judge Carol Pankake, Tremont, on charges that he threatened to kill a woman on Aug. 5 in Barry Township, Schuylkill County.

Klinger is charged with recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats. He was incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Police said the incident happened at about 6:10 p.m. Aug. 5 at 265 Hill Road in the township when an argument erupted in the driveway of the property. As the disagreement escalated, Klinger allegedly attempted to run over Nikki Leininger, 26, of Tremont, in his pickup truck as she was standing next to her vehicle. Police said she stepped out of the way and Klinger stopped the truck, Leininger punched Klinger in the face. The man exited the vehicle and threatened to kill Leininger and her children, while displaying a revolver in his front waistband. The woman was able to flee the residence without further incident.

Police said they also cited Leininger for harassment.

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