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Monday, February 28, 2011

[PA] Luzerne County Sheriff Deputies Farrell and Roberts file domestic PFA's on each other

TWO SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES FILE PFAS AGAINST EACH OTHER
WNEP
February 26, 2011
[Excerpts] Two sheriff's deputies from Luzerne County filed Protection from Abuse orders against each other after court papers allege an altercation involving a gun. Deputy Jennifer Roberts and Deputy Mary Jean Farrell filed those PFAs Friday afternoon at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Court papers indicate Farrell, 50, and Roberts, 33, had been living together when earlier this month the relationship ended, with Farrell telling Roberts to move out of her home. Now, Farrell has filed a Protection from Abuse order claiming Roberts threatened her... Deputy Farrell alleged Roberts assaulted her and pointed a gun in her face. Farrell wrote in the PFA, "I said don't you dare. I have kids. Then she (Roberts) placed it in her own mouth." In a PFA Roberts filed just hours later, Roberts alleged Farrell threatened her, saying Farrell "told me if she can't have me no one would, that she would kill me dead and no one would miss me, that's if they ever found my body"... Luzerne County Sheriff John Gilligan said there is an internal investigation underway... Deputy Jennifer Roberts has been suspended without pay... Deputy Mary Jean Farrell is out on workman's compensation. Both deputies had to surrender their weapons. [Full article here]
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  1. DEPUTY SHERIFFS WITHDRAW PFA PETITIONS
    The Citizens' Voice
    BY MICHAEL P. BUFFER
    Published: March 3, 2011
    [Excerpts] Luzerne County deputy sheriffs Mary Jean Farrell and Jennifer M. Roberts have withdrawn protection-from-abuse petitions against each other, two days after another woman filed a petition in court for custody of Farrell's two children. On Tuesday, Jenipher Johnson of Plains Township filed "a petition for special emergency relief" to obtain custody of the children, 13 and 11... Johnson, the natural mother of the children, and Farrell were sharing custody of the children, and the ongoing custody case began in January 2007, records show. A custody hearing is scheduled for Friday. [Full article here]

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  2. CUSTODY OF DEPUTY SHERIFF'S CHILDREN SOUGHT AFTER PFAS FILED
    The Citizens' Voice
    By Michael P. Buffer
    Published: March 3, 2011
    [Excerpts] Four days after Luzerne County deputy sheriffs Mary Jean Farrell and Jennifer M. Roberts filed protection-from-abuse petitions against each other, another woman filed a petition in court for custody of Farrell's two children. On Tuesday, Jenipher Johnson of Plains Township filed "a petition for special emergency relief" to obtain custody of the children, 13 and 11. A hearing on the protection-from-abuse petitions, which were filed Friday, is scheduled for today... According to an interim court order, Farrell was granted "a supervised visit" with the children on Tuesday. Gary A. Michak, Johnson's attorney, and Susan A. Maza, Farrell's attorney, did not return calls seeking comment. Sheriff John Gilligan has suspended Roberts indefinitely without pay, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Farrell was not suspended because she has not been working as she recovers from an on-duty injury while receiving workers' compensation, Gilligan said... Gilligan said he plans to attend today's hearing on the protection-from-abuse petitions. Last week, Wright Township police charged Roberts with criminal mischief, according to court records... County Controller Walter L. Griffith Jr. said he is researching whether Farrell and Roberts remain eligible to receive county health benefits... [Full article here]

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