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Nesquehoning man jailed for allegedly making harassing calls to former boss

Published December 15. 2011 05:01PM

A Nesquehoning man is in prison in lieu of bail after allegedly making many telephone calls - some of them threatening - to his former employer.

Richard John Padora, 27, of East Railroad Street, was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford who set bail at $5,000 straight.

Padora has been charged with harassment, persistent disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, and public drunkenness.

Officer Timothy Wuttke of the Nesquehoning Police Department said that on Dec. 13, at 2:45 p.m., he received a call from Rich Gechter, who wanted to file a complaint of harassment by communications from his former employee, Padora.

Gechter told Wuttke that Padora had been calling him non-stop all day and harassing him.

While taking the report, Wuttke said Padora called Gechter about 12 times. One time, when Gechter answered the phone, Padora threatened to kill him, Wuttke says in the affidavit.

Wuttke said he contacted Padora, who was allegedly highly intoxicated, and advised him to stop making the calls.

"I left Padora's home and shortly after that I received a call from Grechter stating Padora has called him several times threatening to kill him," writes Wuttke. He said between 2:47 and 4:55 p.m., Padora called Grechter more than 20 times.

Wuttke states in the affidavit that at 5:03 p.m. on Dec. 13, he was dispatched to the Turkey Hill for a fight in progress.

"I arrived and was met by Gechter who stated he was on his way out of Turkey Hill to pump gas when he was attacked by Padora," says the affidavit. "Gechter stated that he put Padora in a choke hold to stop his aggression and when he let him go, Padora told him this is not over and he was going to kill him tomorrow and took off running."

Wuttke said there was an independent witness who stated that Padora attacked Gechter without being provoked.

Padora was located on Radcliff Street and taken into custody by Wuttke.

Wuttke says in the affidavit, "I advised Padora that I would release him and he began telling me that if I take him home he will start a fight and I will be dealing with him again."

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