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Lansford Borough president faces simple assault charges

LANSFORD, Pa. - The president of the Lansford Borough Council is facing charges of simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

The incident occurred Sept. 5 shortly after 10 p.m., when a woman was leaving her friend's residence and walking to her car, which was parked in the 300 block on East Abbott Street. 

Police say the borough president, Martin Stephen Ditsky, 69, was standing at the trunk of the victim's car. The victim was carrying her one-year-old daughter and had her four-year-old son with her. 

She told police Ditsky began yelling at her and telling her she doesn't know how to read and cannot park her vehicle at that spot. 

It was at that time she placed her son in the rear seat of the car, when she says Ditsky slammed the car door shut and struck the child's leg. 

The victim stated she told Ditsky the parking regulations only pertain to snow removal. 

Police say Ditsky then approached and grabbed the victim's right hand and fingers, bending them backward which also forced her arm back, resulting in pain. 

She was still holding her daughter at the time and told police this occurred for one minute while he continued to yell at her. The victim stated Ditsky smelled of alcohol. 

Officials were notified after the victim was able to break free. She was treated the following day by her physician and received a tetanus shot. 

According to the police report, Ditsky identified himself to officials as the president of the Lansford Borough Council and said that he 'did wrong and shouldn't have lashed out.' Police confirmed he smelled of alcohol. 

When police returned six days later to interview Ditsky at his residence, he said he was angry because she 'blocked the steps' which lead from the sidewalk to the vehicles parked below on East Abbott Street. He declined to comment further.

69 News reached out to the Lansford Borough Council, but there was no comment. Ditsky waived his preliminary hearing Jan. 17 and is due for his formal arraignment in March.

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