Police: Shamokin man threatened wife, smashed big screen TV
SHAMOKIN - A city man faces multiple charges after allegedly threatening to kill his wife, smashing a big screen television and throwing other household items outside his North Rock Street home Saturday.
Tracy Seidel Jr., 28, of 24 N. Rock St., was charged in connection with the domestic disturbance that began at about 10:30 p.m. after he arrived home from a fireman's convention in Pottsville.
Seidel's wife, Melissa, told police her husband became angry at her earlier in the day because he couldn't find his identification card and claimed she was the last person to have it. While the defendant was on his way home from the fireman's convention, he texted his wife twice, called her vulgar names and threatened to kill her, according to a police affidavit.
Mrs. Seidel, who claimed her husband had consumed alcohol at the convention, fled the residence with her five children to a friend's house at 26 N. Rock St. after receiving the threatening text messages.
Police said when he arrived home, Tracy Seidel Jr. attempted to contact his wife through text messages, asking her to talk with him. Mrs. Seidel told police she refused to talk with her husband because of the threats he made, prompting the defendant to become angry.
Police reported Seidel smashed a big screen television before breaking other items inside the home. He also is accused of throwing items from the residence onto the street and sidewalk.
Upon responding to the scene, Shamokin Cpl. Jarrod Scandle and Patrolman Shane Mowery knocked on Seidel's front door a few times before the defendant answered. Police said Seidel agreed to exit the home, was handcuffed and taken into custody without incident.
Coal Township Cpl. Joshua Wynn and Patrolman David Sage assisted on the call.
Police said Seidel, who was cooperative, had a bandage and dry blood on his hand.
Seidel admitted to threatening to kill his wife, smashing the television and throwing items outside his home, according to the police report.
After being taken to Shamokin Police Station, Seidel was transported to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where he underwent emergency room treatment for a hand laceration.
He was then transported to a detention cell at Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury.
Seidel was arraigned by video at 9:41 a.m. Sunday by on-call Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones of Mount Carmel on misdemeanors of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment filed by Scandle. He was committed to jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9 before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III of Shamokin.