WEST PITTSTON — A man facing a slew of charges for allegedly pointing a shotgun at police officers while only in his underwear is headed to higher court on some of the original charges.
Leon Parker, 57, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Joseph Carmody Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. Court documents indicate charges of recklessly endangering another person, possessing an instrument of crime with intent, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats and simple assault were waived to higher court.
All Parker’s felony charges — including criminal attempted aggravated assault, assault of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault — were withdrawn.
Parker is accused of pointing a shotgun at officers while he was in his underwear when they responded to a domestic dispute at a residence in the 600 block of Wisner Street April 25.
Threats to law enforcement
Parker also faces charges for allegedly threatening a state trooper from Monroe County shortly before that encounter.
According to the criminal complaint, a state trooper met with members of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department at 4 p.m. April 27. Lt. Steven Williams of that department told the trooper Sgt. David Posluszny was involved in an investigation regarding Parker.
At approximately 11 p.m. April 25, Posluszny contacted Parker via telephone in regards to the investigation, and informed him it was being closed due to inconsistent statements and conflicting evidence.
Parker allegedly became loud and irate and, before hanging up the telephone, allegedly told Posluszny “you better watch your back.”
Police also said on one occasion, Parker was told to leave the police barracks due to his loud and belligerent behavior.
At approximately 11 p.m. April 26, the Monroe County Communications Center received a transferred call from the Luzerne County Communications Center that had been made from a residence in West Pittston. The residence matches Parker’s residence in court documents.
Police allege Parker made the call and, during the call handled by the Monroe County Communications Center, asked to speak with Posluszny. Despite being told several times the officer was not on duty, Parker allegedly said, “Yeah. He might not be on shift ever again.”
Parker then seemingly dropped his telephone and was recorded by communications officials allegedly arguing with a woman. He allegedly said, “If anyone comes knocking on the door, there is going to be problems.”
The argument continued and Parker allegedly continued to threaten the trooper. A dispatcher in Monroe County then contacted officials in Luzerne County about a possible domestic situation. That’s when police officers responded to the residence and the alleged incident occurred where Parker pointed a shotgun at the officers.
Parker is charged with terroristic threats and stalking as a result of the repeated threats toward the trooper.
Court documents indicate Parker appeared before Magisterial District Judge JoLana Krawitz on May 9 for a preliminary hearing on those charges, both of which were waived to higher court.
Parker is scheduled for a formal arraignment for 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Luzerne County Courthouse. He remains jailed at the Monroe County Correctional Facility for lack of $150,000 bail.
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