Tamaqua police investigate assault, harassment cases
Tamaqua police have released information on recent arrests involving charges of assault or harassment.
• Officers went to a Center Street address at 6:51 p.m. on March 24 for a reported domestic case. They found Pedro Rafael Grullon Lora, 39, in the kitchen in a highly intoxicated condition. The victim said Grullon Lora had choked, hit and kicked her, as well as pulled her hair. She had multiple visible injuries to her neck, throat and left leg.
Grullon Lora was arraigned before duty District Judge James Ferrier, of Orwigsburg, on charges of simple assault, harassment and strangulation. Bail was set at $15,000 straight cash, which he was unable to post. He was placed in the Schuylkill County prison in Pottsville.
• Brian Morit, 36, of Frackville, was charged with harassment after he texted and called a Tamaqua woman 19 times within an hour on March 26. There are 11 other harassment complaints on file involving the same victim and Morit.
• Joshua Robert McArdle, 27, of Tamaqua, was charged with harassment after an EMS call to an Arlington Street residence on March 29. The female victim said McArdle punched her in the head after accusing her of stealing money. She was bleeding from a cut on her head and was treated by EMS personnel.
• Matthew J. Pastucha, 40, of Tamaqua, was charged with harassment after an altercation in the 600 block of Arlington Street on March 30. Pastucha reportedly knocked a number of pictures off the wall inside the home. When he was ejected from the house he punched the male resident in the face.