By Ernesto Bautista, criminal reporter
RUMPHANNOCK, Pa. – A man was apprehended Monday afternoon after resisting arrest for trespassing a local farm under the influence of alcohol, according to the Schuylkill County police department.
Clem Kadiddlehopper, the 70 year old farm owner, called 911 and reported hearing shots being fired around his house. Responding Deputy Roland Smithers called for backup after Kadiddlehopper informed him from a window in the second floor that it was coming from the barn. His wife Susan, also a deputy of the SCPD, arrived shortly after.
“I was going about my regular day,” said Kadiddlehopper. “Then all of a sudden I started hearing loud gun shots.”
Robert Worthington, a 48 year old displaced worker from the Susquehanna Steel Corp., entered the farm’s barn located at 3451 E. Cussville Rd. with a rifle and a liquor bottle, the police report says.
They were able to disarm Worthington right away, but the officers struggled to remove him from the premises. He assaulted both deputies before Mrs. Smithers had to use a Taser gun that disabled him temporarily.
“It’s not something we typically employ,” said Mrs. Smithers. “But we had to make sure to be safe, and I was glad I didn’t have to use deadly force.”
Circuit Judge Clarence Simon issued charges of public intoxication, trespassing, two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and reckless use of a deadly weapon. Worthington is being held at Schuylkill County jail overnight pending a bail hearing Tuesday.
“I wasn’t going to hurt no one,” Worthington told the police. “I was just all worked up over all this crap going on, and I thought I might feel better if I shot up some bottles.”
Worthington told the police he was distraught over a pending divorce and the loss of his job. Mrs. Worthington could not be reached for comment.
Schuylkill County typically prohibits the SCPD from hiring spouses yet they were able to make an exception for Mr. and Mrs. Smithers to fulfill the goals of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Gender Equity Act.
“Mr. and Mrs. Smithers don’t usually work the same shift, and they told me this was the first time they had ever responded to an incident together,” the sheriff said. “I’m just glad they were able to avoid having to use lethal force and that everything worked out OK.”
The 1966 law promotes the hiring of more women as police officers, deputies and state troopers. Mr. Smithers has worked for the SCPD for 10 years, two more than his wife.
[Article written from a fictional fact sheet, any coincidence is a mere coincidence. Submitted as a final exam story written in two hours as a deadline exercise.]