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Mahoning officer assaulted

Published August 02. 2011 05:01PM

A Mahoning Township man is facing numerous charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, after allegedly striking an officer in the face.

Franklin Paul Zerby, 58, of the 200 block of Lower Nis Hollow Mobile Home Park, was also charged with simple assault and resisting arrest.

He was arraigned on the charges before District Judge Bruce Appleton in Palmerton, then committed to Carbon County Prison in lieu of $30,000 (10 percent) bail.

The charges stem from an incident at 11:09 p.m. Sunday.

Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes said his department was dispatched to a call for a report of a disturbance. When they reached the scene, they were met by Zerby, who Barnes said "was visibly intoxicated and tearing the inside of the residence apart."

Zerby reportedly told police he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend, who also resides there.

Barnes said officers informed Zerby that they spoke with the girlfriend and she wanted to come back inside with her grandchildren to sleep for the night. It was suggested by the officers that Zerby find other accommodations for the evening.

When inside the residence, one of the officers attempted to hand Zerby his pair of pants and at this juncture Zerby allegedly became aggressive, approached the officer in an aggressive manner, and was told to back off.

"At this point, Zerby swung at the officer, striking him in the face," the police chief said.

Zerby was told he was under arrest and allegedly became more combative, resisting arrest and after several minutes of struggling was subdued.

Ambulance personnel responded to the scene where the officer was checked out and no further medical attention was required.

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