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Lansford man faces drug charges

Published July 16. 2012 05:01PM

Michael Kieffer, 49, of 335 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on March 17 at 8:30 a.m. at his residence.

Charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were filed by Lansford officer Brian Horos.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Horos was on duty and received a dispatch for a welfare check on the late Pam Kieffer, 335 E. Bertsch St. Due to previous and numerous calls to the residence, Summit Hill police were also dispatched. Horos and Summit Hill police chief Joe Fittos both arrived at the house and spoke with Pam. Her father, Robert Passehl, had called the Carbon County Communications Center and asked that police be called to her house to check on her.

Horos asked her if she was O.K., and she said no. He asked what was wrong, and she told him she wanted to go to a rehabilitation program.

Horos told her he could not take her there, and asked her if she was being abused in any way, and she said yes. She said her husband, Michael Kieffer, was mentally abusive.

Horos told her he and other officers have told her numerous times how to apply for a protection from abuse order.

Horos asked her where her husband was so they could talk with him.She said he was upstairs in the bedroom.

Pam led police upstairs to the couple's bedroom, where they saw Michael Kieffer passed out on the bed, holding a lit cigarette. They woke him and asked him what the problem was.

Michael Kieffer told police that Pam had punched him in the eye. His left eye was swollen and scabbed over, and the wound did not look fresh.

As Horos spoke with Kieffer, he looked on the floor and saw a purple and yellow glass pipe used for smoking marijuana directly under Kieffer's head.

Horos picked up the pipe, which was filled with leafy green material that smelled like marijuana. Pieces of the same material were on the nightstand. Horos collected the pipe and material and placed them in an evidence bag.

Both Pam and Michael Kieffer denied the pipe and material were theirs. Horos asked them whose bedroom it was, and they told him it was theirs. Pam said she spends most of her time downstairs on the couch.

She told police the pipe belonged to her husband.

Police left the bedroom and told Pam to come downstairs so they could finish talking. Once downstairs, he asked her whose pipe it was, and she told him it was her husband's.

The material was tested and found to be marijuana.

Pam Kieffer, 48, died at her home on June 23.

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