The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 30, 2014

Mifflinburg brothers arrested for allegedly threatening police

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — A pair of Mifflinburg brothers are in Union County Prison awaiting formal arraignments after a Jan. 3. melee in which one threw an eight-foot long, nail-embedded piece of wood through a window at officers.

The brothers Guisewite — Mark, 30, and Scott, 29 — of Mifflinburg were subdued using tasers. They are in jail in lieu of bail after the incident in which Mifflinburg Police called Buffalo Valley Regional and Pennsylvania State Police to assist them at the scene.

Scott Guisewite also allegedly yelled verbal threats to the officers, saying they would all “leave in a body bag ... I’ll call my crew.”

Guisewite was arrested and held on a bench warrant from Northumberland County. He now faces 11 charges, eight of them felony counts of aggravated assault. The other three are misdemeanors of making terroristic threats, resisting arrest and hazardous disorderly conduct.

Guisewite is held in lieu of $50,000 bail and had his preliminary hearing Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Mensch in Mifflinburg. He next appears in Union County Court for formal arraignment May 5.

Mark Guisewite faces two misdemeanor charges in the incident: resisting arrest and hazardous disorderly conduct. He is held in lieu of $35,000 bail. His formal arraignment in Union County Court is set for Monday, where he also will be formally arraigned for charges of harassment and simple assault stemming from a Nov. 3 incident.  

The incident occurred Jan. 3, according to court documents, after a disturbance was reported at a Walnut Street apartment.

The woman who reported the incident said her niece and a child live with Scott Guisewite in a second-floor apartment above her, and she suspected Mark Guisewite also was involved, court documents state.

Police heard shouting, banging and stomping coming from the apartment, court documents state, and two officers went upstairs to the apartment. Scott Guisewite shouted profanities at the officers and opened and slammed shut the door several times, continuing to shout profanities at them, police said in the report.

Guisewite also allegedly yelled “she better hide in her house” about the woman who made the report, court documents state.

Police were forcing open the door when Guisewite allegedly threw a near eight-foot, nail-embedded, wooden furring strip at them through a glass door window, shattering it and nearly striking three officers, court documents state.

An officer kicked in the door and entered the apartment with his taser drawn to find an agitated Guisewite pacing back and forth and verbally threatening them, saying they “will all leave here in a body bag ... I’ll call my crew,” court documents state.

Mark Guisewite then entered, saying his brother had a seizure and fell out of bed, and told officers to get out because they had no search warrant. Attempts to talk to the men failed, and Scott Guisewite continued “verbal and physical aggressions” toward the police while Mark Guisewite ran interference, court documents state.

When officers announced the brothers were under arrest, they ran into a hallway with two women who were in the apartment and disappeared from sight, according to court document. Officers tased the brothers when they saw them go up another set of stairs. Both men and one of the women were handcuffed and taken into custody.

However, Scott Guisewite appeared to be having a seizure and was treated by Mifflinburg Emergency Services summoned to the scene. He was taken to the Mifflinburg Police Department with Mark Guisewite once EMS cleared him of needing medical treatment.

Mark Guisewite was on bail in Union County on assault charges.