SHAMOKIN - A 27-year-old Coal Township resident charged earlier this month with repeatedly punching and kicking a man and repeatedly slamming his head off the ground outside Brady Fire Company was held for court Tuesday afternoon on three criminal charges.

Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III ruled enough evidence was presented during the 90-minute hearing to order Richard "Ricky" J. Madden, of 1000 W. Willow St., to appear for plea court March 25 at Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury, where he can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.

Madden is charged by Coal Township Patrolman Joshua Wynn with a felony of aggravated assault and misdemeanors of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Police said Dale Wilk Jr., 31, of 2004 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, the victim of the assault, suffered bruises and scrapes on his head and face as a result of the Oct. 20 attack and required emergency room treatment.

Testifying at the hearing were Wilk, Wynn and Theresa Eck.

Madden, who remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail, was represented by Attorney Joel Wiest of Sunbury. Assistant District Attorney William Cole represented the commonwealth.

Wilk told police he has "blacked out" since the assault and continues to consult with a doctor. Wilk said he still has a lump on his head from the assault.

Eck told police she saw Wilk walk out of the fire company around 2:30 a.m. The witness said Madden rushed out of the fire company after Wilk and began hitting and kicking the victim and slamming his head off the ground in the parking lot. She recalled Madden jumping up and down while yelling at Wilk.

Police said another witness reported seeing Madden hitting Wilk numerous times.