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Lansford man facing charges

Published January 11. 2012 05:01PM

Sam Miletto, 42, 6 E. Patterson St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 7:42 p.m. Nov. 27 at 6 E. Patterson St. in the borough. Charges of simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct were filed by Officer Jason Helmer. According to an affidavit of probable cause:

Helmer was dispatched to a fight in progress in the area of East Patterson and Tunnel streets. Upon arrival, he spoke with Miletto, who said there had been an argument and that the other person, Robert Clifford, had walked to the police station. Miletto said Clifford had grabbed Miletto's wife from behind, and that Miletto had pushed him away with one open hand on Clifford's chest.

Miletto's wife, Stacy Miletto, told police she had gone to confront an Angela Runner, at 4 E. Patterson St., about an issue involving Miletto's daughter, at which time she was grabbed from behind by someone.

Upon making contact with Clifford, Helmer saw he had facial injuries and was bleeding from his nose and mouth. Clifford said Sam Miletto had punched him in the face. Clifford said he had been standing in Runner's doorway, trying to keep Stacy Miletto out. A short time later Sam Miletto came out of his house, accusing Clifford of putting his hands on Miletto's wife, and punched him in the face.

Helmer made contact with a witness who said he saw the incident from his bedroom window across the street and asked his wife to call 911.

The witness said he saw Stacy Miletto in Runner's doorway, screaming and making threats. He said he saw Clifford blocking her path to keep her out and saw Sam Miletto come up and punch Clifford in the nose.

Another witness said she saw Stacy Miletto screaming and trying to get into Runner's house, when Miletto's son pulled her away and back into the Miletto house.

The witness said she heard Sam Miletto say "you put your hands on my wife." Upon going back outside, the witness saw Clifford bleeding from the nose as he retreated to the police station.

Clifford was treated at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for a fractured nose.

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