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Lansford woman charged with simple assault

Published August 14. 2012 05:01PM

Katelyn Mary Atkinson, 22, of 219 E. Ridge St., Lansford, has been charged by Coaldale police with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Joseph Krebs, here's what happened:

At about 4:15 p.m. Aug. 12, Krebs received a phone call at the police station to go to Pappy's Mini Mart for an unknown problem. The caller, an employee, said a man had walked in, hysterical, and asked her to call police.

Krebs arrived at the gas station/mini mart in a marked patrol car, to find a Jesse Roth, who was not wearing a shirt. Roth, who was so overwhelmed with tears he was at first unable to talk, eventually told Krebs that Atkinson, who was his girlfriend, was giving him a ride to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, where he works.

They argued while on the way, and he said Atkinson had pulled the vehicle over and yelled at him about being late to work. She then continued to drive, but once again was going to pull over.

Roth told Krebs he was upset and began to yell back because he was going to be late for work. He said Atkinson tried to open the door as the vehicle was moving, but that he prevented her from doing that.

He told Krebs Atkinson grabbed his things from the vehicle, ripping his shirt off, and threw them out the window into the woods along Route 209.

Roth said he again began to yell, and that Atkinson punched him twice, once in the head and the other in his right eye. She then pushed him out of the moving vehicle. Roth had two marks on his face.

Emergency medical technicians arrived at the scene to evaluate Roth's injuries. He signed a release form saying he declined further treatment.

Krebs found Atkinson and arrested her.

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