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Carbon man admits assault at hospital

Published October 04. 2012 05:02PM

A Carbon County man admitted he assaulted a nurse at an area hospital. He was one of three defendants to enter a guilty this week in the county court.

Lehighton incident

Travis Litts, 26, of Bowmanstown, pleaded guilty to one count each of simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred on April 27 at the Blue Mountain Health Systems-Lehighton Campus hospital.

He was at the emergency room causing a disturbance when he pushed hard on a door that swung and struck nurse, Marcie Zedalis, causing her injuries.

Judge Steven R. Serfass sentenced Litts to time served (159 days) to one day less two years in jail on the assault count and one year probation on the conduct charge, with the terms running consecutively.

He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, continue with his mental health treatment, and render 50 hours of community service.

Other pleas

Michael Muniz, 37, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of terroristic threats. He was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident on Oct. 14, 2011, in the area of 858 Mauch Chunk Rd., with Peter Halada Sr. the listed victim.

Judge Joseph J. Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, have no contact with the victim, and render 50 hours of community service.

A bench warrant against Muniz was dismissed with the costs on the defendant. Muniz failed to appear in September for a guilty plea hearing and had the warrant issued for his arrest.

Jamie Sabater, 25, of Jersey City, N.J., pleaded to one count of unauthorized use of an automobile. He was arrested on June 13 by Lansford police for in incident involving Carlos A. Dortrial as the victim.

Matika sentenced him to time-served (111 days) to one year in jail.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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