The mayor of a northeastern Pennsylvania town is recovering from injuries received when he says he was beaten with a club and carjacked outside his home.


The mayor of a northeastern Pennsylvania town is recovering from injuries received when he says he was beaten with a club and carjacked outside his home.

Nanticoke Mayor Joe Dougherty says three young men approached him Saturday night and viciously beat him, leaving him with a broken nose and staples and stitches closing wounds on his head.

Dougherty says he was sitting in a car provided by his employer doing paperwork as he waited for a friend to arrive. He says the men pulled him from the car and attacked him before speeding away.

Police say Dougherty dialed 911 but lost consciousness while a friend rendered aid.

Nanticoke police say they're investigating whether the car was used in a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries following the attack.


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