Muncy woman allegedly beats roommate

MUNCY — Hearing the commotion coming from the apartment above, the woman grabbed her phone to call 911 when she heard a man upstairs yelling “Someone call the cops,” according to court records filed by borough Patrolman Ernest Delp.

Upstairs in the apartment they share at 8 S. Washington St., Sheree Speicher was beating Richard Bates with a metal pole, Delp alleged in an affidavit.

As she struck Bates, Speicher, 38, told him she was going to kill him, the officer alleged. Police were called to the apartment about 4:40 p.m. on April 26, the officer added.

The two had just returned from a trip to Philadelphia, and Bates soon went into the bedroom to take a nap, but Speicher began arguing with him, Delp said police were told.

“She jumped on top of him, grabbed his face and pushed his head into the wall,” the officer alleged of Speicher in the affidavit.

The woman briefly left the room only to return with a long metal pole that she used to allegedly beat Bates, Delp said, adding that part of the assault was caught on video.

Bates suffered multiple bruises and welts over much of his body, Delp said.

Following her arraignment before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment, Speicher was initially jailed in the Lycoming County Prison, but has since been released on $10,000 bail.


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