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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Caretaker charged with abuse

  • GOULDSBORO — A former caretaker has been charged with abusing a person in a residential facility.
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  • GOULDSBORO — A former caretaker has been charged with abusing a person in a residential facility.
    Christopher Lein, 30, Stroudsburg, was charged this week with neglect of care of a dependent person (aggravated assault).
    According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the incident allegedly happened sometime between Dec. 30 and 31 at the Keystone Residential Facility located on Main Street in Gouldsboro.
    Police said Lein was the sole caretaker of Anthony Hannah, 53, who was a resident of the home.
    During the evening hours, police said Lein burned the victim in three separate locations on Hannah's body, including his stomach, back and shoulder. He was burned with a hot clothes iron.
    The PSP said the victim sustained third degree burns and had to be treated at a trauma burn center for his injuries.
    The injury to Hannah was not discovered until the next day when another caretaker saw the wounds and immediately sought medical help for the victim.
    The victim, police said, could not report his injuries because he is not able to talk.
    The incident was immediately reported to the police and an investigation was launched. The PSP said DNA from both the victim and Lein were found on the iron at the facility.
    On Monday of this week, a criminal complaint was filed with a magistrate and a warrant of arrest was obtained for Lein. The warrant was served that day.
    Lein appeared before Magistrate Bonnie Carney, who set bail at $75,000. Lein is scheduled to appear in Wayne County Central Court next Wednesday.
    Trooper John D. Decker of the Honesdale Barracks investigated the case.
    Bomb threat reported
    An unknown actor left a hand printed note with a bomb threat in the Western Wayne Middle School girl's lavatory on May 6 around 2:30 p.m.
    The threat was deemed not credible by the school administrators and the school was not evacuated. School officials searched the area for hazardous devices and none were found.
    Acting Superintendent Clay LaCoe said consequences come on a "case by case" basis and that students can get "up to and including" expulsion.
    The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Honesdale or the Western Wayne School District office.
    Rabid fox in area
    Officials from Dessin Animal Shelter are reporting a rabid fox has been discovered in the Pleasant Mount area.
    Marlene Metzger of the shelter reported that a red fox has tested positive for rabies after it attacked three family pets. The fox was also reportedly trying to enter the family home in Pleasant Mount Township.
    Rabies is a fatal disease that threatens the lives of humans and animals and has been spreading across Pennsylvania for the past decade.
    Page 2 of 2 - Unvaccinated dogs and cats can spread the disease to humans.
    Vaccination of dogs and cats has been the law in Pennsylvania since 1987. Persons can be fined for not having their pets vaccinated.
    There are a number of low-cost rabies clinics happening in the month of May in Wayne County. You can get more details by visiting www.dessinshelter.com.
    Editor Greg Little and staff writer Kelly Waters contributed to this story.
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