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Tamaqua suspect had to be released

Published August 30. 2011 05:01PM

Tamaqua police attempted to take a former local man, wanted on an outstanding warrant, into custody Aug. 17 but had to release him when the duty district judge was unavailable.

Officers responded to a disturbance at 35 Vine St. at 6:50 p.m. where they found George Cope, 24, involved in an altercation with Sarah Jean Hill, 22.

A records check indicated Cope was wanted on a warrant issued by Rush Township police.

Instead of being taken into custody Cope had to be released when District Judge Anthony Kilker, of Shenandoah, was unavailable.

A little later, at 8:10 p.m., Cope was discovered at the southwest corner of borough hall, 320 E. Broad St., next to one of the police cruisers.

Cope was clad only in his underwear and told officers he was changing his pants.

He was cited for disorderly conduct.

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