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Tamaqua man jailed for assault

Published October 22. 2013 05:00PM

One person was charged in connection with a fight in Tamaqua that sent William Manness Jr. to the hospital.

Police were dispatched to 409 W. Broad St., at 2:33 a.m. on Oct. 5. As the officer arrived he could hear people yelling and screaming at the rear of the building. As he approached he noticed a blood covered Manness on the sidewalk. He was bleeding from head wounds. An ambulance was dispatched and transported the victim to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

Witnesses said Manness had been involved in a fight with John J. Kamant, 53, of 219 Valley St., Brockton. Both men had been drinking heavily in Manness' apartment. The men became involved in a fight, punching and wrestling each other. At one point Kamant grabbed a Black and Decker drill and began hitting the other man in the head. Blood was found throughout the apartment.

Kamant was arraigned before duty District Judge James Reilly of Pottsville, on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault, simple assault with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment, and harassment. Bail was set at $20,000 straight cash bond. Unable to post bail, Kamant was taken to the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

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