Teens cited for tresspass at vacant Kulpmont factory
KULPMONT - A 14-year-old Reading girl whose leg got caught in a conveyor belt inside a vacant commercial building last month was cited for criminal trespass along with three other juveniles.
A 16-year-old Kulpmont male had pleaded guilty and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to pay a fine and court costs totaling $345.50.
The Reading teen and two other females from Kulpmont, a 15-year-old and a 12-year-old, have not yet responded to the citations, and court summons are expected to be issued.
The citations were filed by Kulpmont Patrolman Patrick McAndrew on July 23, the same day the incident occurred.
The four juveniles were on the third floor of an old weaving plant at 1340 Chestnut St. (Route 61) shortly before 3:30 p.m. when the Reading teen got her leg caught after the machinery suddenly turned on.
Emergency responders from Kulpmont, the Mount Carmel area and Shamokin were dispatched for an "industrial rescue." A portion of the conveyor belt was disassembled and the teen's leg was freed. She suffered minor injuries, police said.
The building was originally constructed by J.K. and C.K. Eagle and Co. It had most recently been occupied by Buzzy Inc., which closed in 2011.