Former Arnold Councilman William Charlton gets ARD for alleged threats to mayor

Arnold, Pa. – Former Councilman William Charlton has been placed on a six month ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION (ARD) after a deal was worked out prior to his preliminary hearing before the Honorable Frank J. Pallone Jr on Thursday morning.

What is ARD? The primary purpose of this program is the rehabilitation of the offender; secondarily, the purpose is the prompt disposition of charges, eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming trials or other court proceedings. These rules contemplate that ordinarily the defendants eligible for the ARD program are first offenders who lend themselves to treatment and rehabilitation rather than punishment and that the crime charged is relatively minor and does not involve a serious breach of the public trust. The program is intended to encourage offenders to make a fresh start after participation in a rehabilitative program and offers them the possibility of a clean record if they successfully complete the program. Because of the rehabilitative purpose of the program, and because the program permits prompt disposition of the charges, the descriptive title ‘‘accelerated rehabilitative disposition’’ was selected rather than such terms as ‘‘pre-indictment probation’’ or ‘‘deferred disposition.’’

(Original Story) Police in Arnold have filed charges against Arnold Councilman William Charlton after an alleged verbal altercation-confrontation that occurred in the office of City Manager George Hayfield on November 29, 2017.

According to the police criminal complaint, Arnold Mayor Karen Peconi Biricocchi went to the police station wanting to report an incident from the day prior at approximately 11:50 am. Mayor Peconi-Biricocchi said that she and councilman Charlton engaged in an argument, and that he physically threatened her.

In the complaint, a supplemental statement written by Mayor Peconi Biricocchi: (Verbatim)

On November 28th 2017 at approximately 11:50 a.m. as I was walking into the office of George Hayfield City Manager, I made a comment to councilman William Charlton saying, “I guess those firecrackers turned deadly”.

This comment was in reference to officer Shaw being shot and to a comment that Charlton had PREVIOUSLY made in my office about our officers, that they weren’t shot at down at the railroad yard while searching for evidence, it was only someone setting off firecrackers.

I continued into Hayfield’s office and after a few minutes, Charlton came in slamming the door behind him, walked to the opposite side of the room in front of Hayfield’s desk and waited for me to finish what I was saying.

When I stop talking, he started yelling and made reference to me being crazy and there was something wrong with me and I had a foul mouth. I pointed at him and said you are the one who said that our officers weren’t shot at and it was only firecrackers. Then I pointed to my office and said you were in my office when you said it.

He then hurriedly came across the room towards me, was in my personal space pointing his finger in my face that was maybe 12 inches or so away. I told him to get his finger out of my face and back off. He backed up and he said I was pointing at him and told me that he was going to break my finger off the next time I pointed it at him. I told him “bring it on” and then he said, “I was trained to kill people with my bare hands I could snap you like a twig.” I told him to try it.

I then told him I had only to put up with him for a couple more weeks and then he would be gone. He said don’t worry I’ll still be around and I told him he would only have 3 minutes to talk like everyone else and then we would move on. He left the room. I looked at Hayfield and he was shaking his head as in disgust or disbelief.

I said to him what is wrong with him he’s going to threaten me in front of a witness his answer was I don’t know.

Charlton Jr., age 68 of 1918 Alcoa Drive faces the following charges: (M1) Terroristic Threats W/ Int To Terrorize Another, (M3) Harassment – Comm. Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language and (S) Disorderly Conduct Engage In Fighting.

A Preliminary Hearing is scheduled on January 11, 2018 @ 10:15 am before the Honorable Magisterial District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.