|Mezzacappa in happier times|
The charges stem from an incident back in February, when she called PSP to complain about a neighbor. From what I've been able to gather, she told authorities she had been forced to fire her weapon. If you ever want police to arrive at your home quickly, say something like that. When troopers arrived, however, they discovered she had lied to them. Her pea-shooter was confiscated, presumably to conduct tests. Charges were filed in late May, and she failed to accept a summons until June 19, the day after her diatribe.
This is by no means the first time Mezzacappa has been taken to task for dishonesty. In 2014, Judge Michael Koury ordered her to pay $67,000 for defaming a "disgusting, gruesome creature."
Making false statements to the police is a third degree misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
She is represented by prominent Allentown Attorney John Waldron.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled July 22, 9:30 AM, before Magisterial District Judge Richard Yetter.
Updated Sunday, 6/30, 2:40 pm: An online petition started by Linda Bank seeks Mezzacappa's removal from her elected office of Constable. It is virtually impossible to remove an elected official from office, but conviction of an infamous crime is one way to do it.