Charges filed in Market Street fight
SHAMOKIN - Two men were charged Tuesday in connection with fight at Market and Spruce streets Sunday that sent one of the defendants to the hospital.
Randy Blake Elliott II, 24, of 1240 Poplar St., Kulpmont, who is detained at Northumberland County Prison on a parole violation, and Kenneth J. Wallin, 31, of 227 S. Market St., Shamokin, who was injured in the disturbance, face disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness charges filed by Patrolman Raymond Siko II.
Elliott also was charged with resisting arrest.
According to a criminal complaint filed at office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, police were dispatched to the 1:17 a.m. fight. Upon arriving on scene, Siko spotted Wallin unresponsive lying in the middle of the street; Elliott and Jordan Derck, 26, of Kulpmont, were standing next to him.
Police said two unidentified males were approximately a half block away.
After Siko requested emergency personnel to tend to Wallin, he said Elliott and Derck fled on foot and ran through a muddy parking lot onto Market Street before running north on Market Street toward Chestnut Street.
Police said Derck stopped running in the middle of the block, but Elliott continued to flee before eventually stopping near M&T Bank at Market and Chestnut streets.
Cpl. Darwin Tobias III and Patrolman Scott Weaver arrived and all three officers assisted in handcuffing Elliott. Police noticed blood and small lacerations on Elliott's knuckles. They also noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
Derck also was handcuffed, and police noticed alcohol on her breath.
Ralpho Township Patrolman Chris Grow, Mount Carmel Lt. Chris Buhay and two troopers from the state police station at Stonington also responded. Coal Township police were busy investigating a rollover accident on the Cameron Bridge at the time.
Elliott and Derck were transported to Shamokin Police Station for questioning. Derck was subsequently released and was not charged in the incident. Elliott was taken to prison for violating his probation.
While Wallin was being treated by paramedics from Area Services Ambulance at the scene of the fight, Siko asked him what happened.
Wallin replied, "I don't know what you are talking about."
Siko said Wallin was bleeding from a swollen area above his right eye.
Wallin was transported by AREA Services to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville before being released about 3:15 a.m.
Derck told police she was with Elliott outside Rob's Good Time Grill when she left for a short period of time to retrieve his coat inside the bar. When she returned, Derck said she saw Wallin lying in the street. Derck told police Elliott then began to run and she ran after him in an attempt to stop him.
Derck, who also is on probation, said she wasn't sure how many times Elliott struck Wallin or exactly what happened.
Elliott told police he was involved in a confrontation that quickly turned physical with an unidentified male outside the bar. Elliott said he was fighting with the unknown man when Wallin began punching him in the head.
Elliott claimed he was just trying to defend himself when he hit Wallin.
When asked why he ran, Elliott said he got scared and did not want to go to jail.