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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Comedian charged in shooting

  • A local comedian has been charged in an incident where his daughter was shot.
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    A local comedian has been charged in an incident where his daughter was shot.
    On the night of May 25 the shooting occurred on 11th Street where the 15-year-old girl was shot in the face.
    Matthew Holmes, 38 of Honesdale, known as comedian “Superfox,” was arrested and charged with recklessly endangering another person.
    According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Sean LeStrange of the Honesdale Borough Police Department, Holmes was visiting friends with his 15-year-old daughter on 11th Street. Holmes was seated at a kitchen table and removed his 9 mm semi-automatic handgun from his holster and removed a live round from the chamber of the weapon.
    He then set it on top of the kitchen table. While Holmes was still handling the weapon it went off and struck his daughter in the face.
    Another guest at the residence called 911 and the minor was flown to the CMC Hospital Trauma Unit in Scranton. It was reported to Honesdale Borough Police that she was in stable condition.
    Holmes was arraigned before Magistrate District Judge Bonnie Carney. His bail was set at $7,500 and he was incarcerated at the Wayne County Correctional Facility pending his next court appearance.
    Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards stated that this incident was a clear example of negligence with firearms, but was thankful that Holmes' daughter was in stable condition.
    Holmes' next court appearance will be in Wayne County Central Court today at 9 a.m.
    Edwards said that to their knowledge, the victim is still in the hospital.
    Holmes has performed comedy shows at various venues around the area.
     
    Theft
    On May 23 at 8:45 p.m. Kirt Grover, 33 of Scott Township, was arrested for theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Grover was caught on surveillance cameras stealing a Mac Tool 14 piece brake tool set from his brother's place of business, Grovers Affordable Car Care in Childs. A search of Grover's vehicle by PSP K9 Argo revealed the hidden narcotics.
    Public drunk
    On May 27 at 5:51 a.m. on Juneberry Road in Lackawaxen, Mark Tisdale, 27 of Lake Ariel, was cited for being under the influence of alcohol after his friends kicked him out of the vehicle he was in.
    He then knocked on a resident's home asking to use the phone.
     
    Fleeing from police
    On May 27 at 8:40 p.m. Pennsylvania State Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on motorcycles on Route 6 near Jessup, due to a motorcycle driving carelessly by riding a wheelie in the left lane.
    Page 2 of 2 - At this point, two of the motorcycles fled from police at high speeds. PSP pursued the motorcycles, which exited the Casey Highway at Exit 4 for Archbald.
    PSP pursued the motorcycles up Salem Road into Jefferson Township. At the intersection of Salem Road and Living Waters Road, one of the riders lost control and the bike and rider fell to the ground. The driver, John Hunyack, 19 of Gouldsboro, attempted to pick up the bike and flee again.
    PSP used the front push bar/bumper of the police vehicle to disable the motorcycle and took Hunyack into custody.
    He is charged with felony fleeing and eluding and was taken to the Lackawanna County Processing Center for arraignment.
    The investigation is continuing into the identification of the second motorcyclist.
     
    Crash
    On May 27 at 4:40 p.m. a crash occurred on Route 191 in Dyberry Township.
    The driver of a 1992 Oldsmobile Delta 98 was traveling northbound on SR 191 when he allowed his vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway entering a curve.
    He steered hard left and began to skid/rotate across the roadway and traveled northwest across both travel lanes and onto the west berm.
    His vehicle collided with the guardrail and continued northbound where it collided again with the same guardrail before the driver was able to bring the vehicle to a stop on Dug Road.
    The driver said that he reached over to adjust the radio and drifted off the roadway into the ditch. He then over-corrected and lost control, hitting the guardrail. He also stated he was wearing his seatbelt and didn't suffer any injury.
    A citation was filed for driving within a single lane.
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