Tamaqua woman faces several charges
January was a busy month for Tamaqua resident Miriam A. Blieka, 56, of 236 Mauch Chunk St., dealing with police on two separate incidents.
On Jan. 14, Blieka filed a complaint against her sister-in-law, Katherine Serrano, over ownership of a black and white pit bull. Serrano and Blieka both claimed to be the dog's owner and neither supplied police with any proof of ownership, such as veterinarian records. She was advised it was a civil matter.
Later that night officers were dispatched to 203 N. Lehigh St., where they found Blieka outside the residence yelling and cursing about Serrano and the dog. When officers were called to that address again, 40 minutes later, Patrolman Karl Harig took her into custody. She didn't go quietly, instead scratching, kicking and trying to bite the patrolman.
She was charged with two counts simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment.
Then on Jan. 28, Police Chief Richard Weaver was dispatched to the Buy and Sell Store at 29 Center St., where Blieka sold a clarinet for $25. The only problem was the clarinet is owned by Serrano.
It was stored in a second floor apartment at 236 Mauch Chunk St. It's valued at $140. Blieka returned the $25 and the clarinet was returned to Serrano.
Blieka was charged with receiving stolen property.