Mount Carmel woman, 19, charged with assaulting cop released from prison
MOUNT CARMEL - A 19-year-old borough woman charged with assaulting a police officer last week was released from county prison Wednesday on unsecured bail following her preliminary hearing.
Amber Lynn Knopp, of 342 S. Oak St., was freed after Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones granted a request by public defender Paige Rosini to reduce her $15,000 cash bail to unsecured bail.
Jones placed conditions on Knopp's supervised bail that prohibit her from attending bars, drinking alcohol and possessing controlled substances.
Upon waiving her right to a preliminary hearing, Knopp was ordered by Jones to appear for plea court at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury.
After being escorted from the courtroom by Lt. Christopher Buhay, whom she's accused of assaulting, Knopp declined comment. Rosini and Buhay also reserved comment about the case.
Knopp is accused of punching, kicking and head-butting Buhay, breaking his glasses and causing him to suffer a bloody nose. She also allegedly smashed a chair in half in a holding cell at the borough police station Aug. 27 after being taken into custody upon being found under the influence of alcohol at Seventh and Pear streets.
She is charged by Buhay with aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, criminal mischief, underage drinking, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, resisting arrest and harassment.