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Franklin Twp. man facing charges in Summit Hill

Published August 25. 2011 05:02PM

A Franklin Township man was arraigned Wednesday, then committed to Carbon County Correction facility, on numerous charges following an incident in Summit Hill.

Herbert Jay Gasker, 30, of Jefferson Street, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, prohibited offensive weapons, simple assault, and harassment.

Arraignment was before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford, who set bail at $3,000 cash.

The charges stem from an incident which occurred at about 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 21 in the 200 block of East Fell Street.

Officer Todd Woodward of the Summit Hill Police Department said he was dispatched to the address for a report of an unwanted person.

Woodward writes in the affidavit that it was learned Gasker illegally entered the residence of Lindsie Wirth by forcing open a window, breaking the window track, and entering through the window opening.

Once inside the home, according to the affidavit, Gasker assaulted Wirth "by slapping her in the face, pulling her hair, hitting her head off the floor, and kicking her in the abdominal area."

The affidavit says Gasker was located "seated on the roadway in front of his parked vehicle. In his hands was a 12 gauge double-barrel shotgun with sawed off barrels."

Gasker was taken to Blue Mountain Health System, Lehighton campus, where he was admitted.

Assisting officer Woodward was officer John Pruitte.

Gasker was transported to the office of Kosciolek yesterday by officer Lori Lienhard of the Summit Hill Police Department for his arraignment.

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