The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 10, 2013

New Berlin wife cleared of gun threat charges

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

LEWISBURG — NEW BERLIN — A New Berlin woman who allegedly placed a round in the chamber of a pistol then pointed the .380 Taurus automatic handgun near her husband has been cleared of all charges related to the Nov. 23 incident at their home.

Tara Lloyd, 32, of 2386 New Berlin Mountain Road, appeared before Mifflinburg District Judge Jeffrey Mensch on Tuesday on charges that she pulled the pistol from her jacket pocket and pointed it in the direction of Zach Lloyd inside the couple’s home.

Zach Lloyd was made aware of Tuesday’s hearing but never showed.

After about 20 minutes of all inside the courtroom waiting for his arrival, the Union County district attorney’s office decided to withdraw the charges because, they said, Zach Lloyd had been unable to be reached since the alleged Nov. 23 incident.

“We offered the district attorney’s office and the state police an opportunity to have my client take a polygraph test to these accusations,” Tara Lloyd’s attorney, Greg Stuck, said. “We also asked that the alleged victim take one as well because his statements did not add up.”

Tara Lloyd was attempting to enter the garage from an interior door and, upon discovering the door was locked, she kicked it and cursed at her husband while brandishing the handgun from her jacket, Milton state police said.

Tara Lloyd then allegedly placed a round in the chamber and pointed the gun in the direction of Zach Lloyd. He ran from the garage and called troopers from a nearby cemetery, court documents said.

Mensch granted the request for the withdrawal of charges.

Tara Lloyd was cleared of two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and terroristic threats.