Donora siblings charged with false reports to police

March 21, 2013

DONORA – A Donora brother and sister were arrested Tuesday on charges they lied to borough police about being assaulted March 4 during a dispute that reportedly began in a bar and continued at their residence.

District Judge Mark Wilson remanded James Lipscomb, 18, and his sister, Tierra, 22, to the Washington County jail on charges of making false reports to police and conspiracy after they were arrested on warrants, court records show.

Police said the Lipscombs implicated four suspects in the assaults, saying one of them put a gun to James Lipscomb’s head and threatened to kill him. Police found him outside he residence early March 4 with large lumps on his head, and he told them one of the suspects had beaten his head against the sidewalk outside his residence at 584 Thompson Ave.

Charges were withdrawn against Donora residents Tierra S. Ward, 21, Nathaniel Blackman, 23, John W. Duchi Jr., 24, and Taraja Ward, 24, after James Lipscomb changed his story at a March 14 preliminary hearing in the assault report, court records show.

At the hearing, James Lipscomb denied ever speaking with police March 4. Police then added a charge against him of false swearing, the record shows.

He was released from jail after posting $10,000 bond. His sister was released on $5,000 bond.



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