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Dad 1 - Police Hearing held By KENT JACKSON...
Police Hearing held By KENT JACKSON Standard-Speaker Standard-Speaker Standard-Speaker 'Before Carl J. Palko entered the courtroom, state Trooper James J. Surmick checked the exits. "I'm going to make sure these doors are locked before he starts going on me again," Surmick said Wednesday at magistrate's court in Hazle Township. nThe last time troopers encountered encountered Palko, they said they had more trouble hemming him in. On March 30, Palko, 37, of Drums, was driving with his two sons to his mother's house for Easter dinner. ' Trooper Daniel Balliet saw Palko's Jeep, moving fast, go straight through a turning lane on State Route 309, Balliet states in a probable cause affidavit. affidavit. , Balliet flashed his lights and sounded the siren to stop Palko. i, Instead, Palko drove through a red light at Route 309 and the 'Airport Beltway, according to 'the affidavit, which lists other rdetails of the chase that followed. followed. During the chase, Palko passed passed cars on the left, on the right and by driving on the berm. 1 He ran another red light and . a stop sign, and twice ignored 'commands to stop that Balliet spoke on his cruiser's public address address system. As Palko drove past Seybert and Fourth streets in Hazleton, in car chase worshippers were walking out of Most Precious Blood Church. At First and Seybert, Palko eluded a Hazleton police car. When a Hazleton police car blocked his path at Wyoming Street and Diamond Avenue, Palko backed his Jeep into Balliet's cruiser. He struggled with Balliet and city Patrolman Louis Callavini before being subdued by pepper Mace. Police charged him with reckless endangerment, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, resisting arrest, arrest, fleeing a police officer, disobeying traffic-control traffic-control traffic-control devices, reckless driving, passing passing on the left within 200 feet of an oncoming vehicle and a stop sign violation. On Wednesday before District Justice Thomas Sharkey, Palko waived all the charges to Luzerne County Court and will be scheduled for a trial. His sons, aged 3 and 12, who remained in car during the chase, now live with their mother. During the hearing, police and Palko agreed that the boys' mother can remove toys, a bicycle, bicycle, clothes and other items from Palko's home. Police and an armed constable will stand by while the items are removed. Palko said thousands of dollars of belongings were stolen from his home during the one night he spent in jail after his arrest.

Clipped from Standard-Speaker15 May 1997, ThuPage 5

Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, Pennsylvania)15 May 1997, ThuPage 5
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