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Two charged after threatening family

Published August 07. 2014 01:37PM

Two men were jailed Monday following domestic disputes in Carbon County.

State police at Hazleton identified the two as Kenneth R. Kondash, 37, of 32 Tamaqua St., Beaver Meadows, and Matthew L. Keim, 38, of Junedale, Banks Township.

Troopers said Kondash was charged in connection with an incident at the home of his mother-in-law, where his estranged wife, Brianna Paulshock, was staying.

Kondash entered the home and confronted Paulshock while she was asleep with her 7-year-old son. He pointed a knife at her throat and wanted her to leave with him. He told her they both were going to die that night.

Paulshock refused to go and pushed Kondash into a bathroom. Paulshock then called her mother, Kelly Paulshock, for help. During a struggle Brianna Paulshock grabbed the knife and would not let go. At this point Kondash began to bite her on the arm.

Paulshock's brother, Andrew Paulshock, then arrived with a shotgun and told Kondash to stop biting his sister. He still wouldn't let go at which point Andrew Paulshock fired a warning shot into a wall. Kondash continued to bite his wife's arm, which led Andrew Paulshock to hit him on the head with the butt of the gun.

Kondash then stopped biting his wife's arm, and struggled to get the gun off Andrew Paulshock. The gun discharged another shot during the struggle, troopers said. Kondash then stopped fighting and fled the home.

Troopers said earlier in the day Kondash went to Keim's home and talked to him and Brandy Park, who resides with Keim. He talked about killing his wife and mentioned a recent murder-suicide in Junedale.

Park wanted to warn Kondash's wife about the threats, but Keim told her not to. That led to an argument between Park and Keim, troopers said. During that argument Keim fired four shots from a 9mm handgun into a wall. Park left the home with her four children, but returned over concerns that Keim might harm himself, troopers said.

When she returned she spoke with Keim and then left. He then fired five shots into a bedroom wall.

As a result of the two incidents troopers filed the following charges.

Kondash was charged with burglary, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment. He was arraigned before a district judge and committed to the county prison in Nesquehoning in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Keim was charged with nine counts of discharge of a firearm in an occupied structure, two counts of simple assault, five counts of recklessly endangering, and four counts of endangering the welfare of children. He was jailed on $300,000 bail.

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