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Referee assaulted at basketball game

Published January 30. 2012 05:04PM

A referee was assaulted at a basketball game in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred at the Palmerton Junior High School, 3525 Fireline Rd., Lower Towamensing Township, on Saturday, Jan. 28, about 1:21 p.m.

Troopers charged Michael Robert Vannote, 26, of Allentown, with assault on a sports official. He allegedly assaulted Mark Ryan Ruch, 21, of Lehighton, who was officiating the game. Ruch was taken to the Palmerton hospital for treatment of injuries, troopers added.

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