HONESDALE – Borough police responded to Wayne Memorial Hospital after an alleged assault happened at the East Street home of Mayor Melody Robinson.
The alleged victim, Sara Katrenicz, 37, of Wilkes-Barre, told officers she was assaulted by the mayor's husband, James Hamill. Officers responded to the hospital to take a statement from Katrenicz at about 2 a.m. Sunday.
The investigation was handed over to the state police due to potential conflict of interest as the mayor oversees the borough police department.
State police Lt. Brian Cawley said Tuesday the case was given to them, but the agency does not comment on pending investigations.
Borough Council Vice President Bob Jennings, chairman of the safety committee, said as long as the investigation is ongoing Robinson should not be involved with any borough police matters.
It was unclear what, if any, injuries Katrenicz suffered or what prompted the alleged assault. A hospital official said it could release no information on Katenicz.
In a statement Robinson said, “James and I are fully cooperating with an investigation being conducted by PSP. We have already provided written statements and expect to be interviewed by the investigator. Until the investigation is finished, and out of respect for my friend's privacy, I won't be able to comment further.”
Borough Chief Rick Southerton declined to comment, citing how the matter was handed over to the state police.