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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

[PA] Despite BLOODBATH threat, Officer Weigold is going home

...Donna Weigold withdrew her PFA in October and her divorce complaint in November, according to records. She's also indicated "she does not wish to proceed with any criminal charges and wishes for the criminal action to be concluded"...

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[PA] "Bloodbath imminent." Officer Weigold charged w/ terroristic threats, stalking, harassment - ... She says her husband jammed a clip in his handgun and told her a "blood bath" was imminent... Donna Weigold said her husband said he would kill her. The couple's 10-year-old daughter called Lehigh Township police. "He then told me to tell the police it was just a verbal argument"....

Bethlehem police officer Charles Weigold allowed to return to family despite charges
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
By EDWARD SIEGER
The Express-Times
A Northampton County judge ruled Tuesday that a Bethlehem police officer accused of threatening his wife is allowed back in the family's home. Charles Weigold's wife is also asking that the district attorney's office drop the charges against her husband, according to court records. But the assistant district attorney who attended Weigold's July arraignment said the office has no plans of dropping the case. A judge modified Weigold's bail conditions, allowing him to return to the couple's Lehigh Township home. Attorney Bohdan Zelechiwsky said Weigold's $10,000 bail on charges of stalking, harassment and terroristic threats remains in effect. In May, Donna Weigold filed a protection from abuse order. Court records indicate that her husband, in the past, pushed her and told her that she would look better with a bullet between her eyes. Charles Weigold was prohibited from contacting his wife or any of the couple's three children. A Northampton County detective filed charges against Charles Weigold in July after hearing him call his older son and ask to talk to the police officer's wife. Zelechiwsky said a court-appointed psychiatrist evaluated his client and concluded Charles Weigold is not a danger to himself or his wife. "Both parties are going to counseling," Zelechiwsky said. "He's been put through hell and back." Charles Weigold had been living with a relative outside Philadelphia, according to his attorney. Zelechiwsky said Charles Weigold plans to move back with his wife, although he could not say when. "I'm sure he'll be there for the holidays," he said. Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Taschner said Tuesday that she's treating the criminal action like any other domestic violence case, adding it's common for victims to seek help only to ask later that charges be dismissed. "It is our duty and responsibility to prosecute the case based on the evidence we have," she said. "As of right now, we won't drop a case because a victim says she doesn't want us to proceed." A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January. Taschner did not attend Tuesday's hearing, but said the assistant district attorney who handled the matter opposed the changes. Charles Weigold threatened his wife and "promised a blood bath," Taschner said. Court records indicate a judge modified Charles Weigold's bail in October to allow limited contact with his wife and children. Donna Weigold withdrew her PFA in October and her divorce complaint in November, according to records. She's also indicated "she does not wish to proceed with any criminal charges and wishes for the criminal action to be concluded," according to court papers. Reporter Edward Sieger can be reached at 610-258-7171 or by e-mail at esieger@express-times.com. [LINK]
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