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Woman attacks husband, bites rival

Published June 11. 2014 05:01PM

A Slatington woman allegedly attacked her estranged husband and his girlfriend early Saturday morning.

Police said Marcia Kalista-Richards, 58, went to a home on Lime Kiln Road, Heidelberg Township, at 12:05 a.m. Saturday to retrieve her dog.

While at the home, police said Kalista-Richards attacked her husband, John H. Richards, while he was asleep, stabbing a knife into his bed and then punching him.

She first directed her anger at Richard's girlfriend, Jennifer Lynn Fink, punching her in the face and chest, then biting her finger until it broke and bled, according to the police report.

When Pennsylvania State Police from the Bethlehem barracks arrived on the scene, they found Fink outside, with a disfigured pinkie finger, which was bleeding. There were also scratches and bruises on her neck and chest.

As officers spoke with the victim, Kalista-Richards walked out of the home, holding a wooden block of kitchen knives. She dropped the knives when ordered to do so by police.

She admitted attacking Fink after smashing through a glass on the front door and entering the home. She also destroyed several items in the home before police arrived.

She was arraigned before duty District Judge David Howells on charges of two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment, as well as charges of burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.

Bail was set at $25,000, which she was able to post. She was then transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

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