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Lehighton man to face trial on assault charge

Published February 28. 2011 05:00PM

A Lehighton man will face a court trial in Schuylkill County for an alleged assault in Tamaqua.

Gregory Michael Muffley, 27, of 227 Ochre St., was bound over for trial following his preliminary hearing last week before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua.

Muffley was accused of breaking into a home at 114 Patterson St., Tamaqua, on Feb. 12. Muffley then allegedly struck resident Alicia Whah, his former girlfriend, in the face with her purse. Charges of simple assault and harassment were filed by Patrolman Thomas Rodgers.

Muffley was released after posting 10 percent of the $10,000 bail set by the judge. There were also several domestic violence conditions imposed.

Andrew John Bobey Jr., 46, of 14 N. Hancock St., McAdoo, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. The charges stem from a Dec. 4, 2010, incident and were filed by McAdoo Patrolman Joseph David.

Bobey was released on his own recognizance.

Three men scheduled to appear before Bayer last week decided to plead guilty to motor vehicle violations in exchange for the withdrawal of other charges.

David Pribila, 30, of 103 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale, pled guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct, stemming from a Jan. 10 incident. A charge of public drunkenness was withdrawn by arresting officer Jeremy Talanca of the Coaldale police.

Michael John Gionta, 45, of 218 W. Magnolia St., Hazleton, pled guilty to charges of defiant trespass and disorderly conduct in exchange for the withdrawal of theft related charges. The charges stem from a Dec. 15, 2010, incident and were filed by Kline Township Patrolman John Petrilla.

David Emil Harabin, 42, of 108 E. Oak St., West Hazleton, pled guilty to a count of disorderly conduct. Arresting officer, Kline Township Patrolman John Petrilla, withdrew theft related charges stemming from the Dec. 15, 2010, incident.

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