WILKES-BARRE — Leo A. Glodzik is the subject of another protection from abuse order, but it’s his accuser who is under arrest.
According to a PFA request filed by Aleksandra O’Donohue, 25, Glodzik attacked her at his Morgan Drive home on the night of April 17, dragging her around by the hair and beating her in the head until she lost consciousness.
According to Glodzik, that never happened. Instead, Glodzik told The Times Leader in a Monday night telephone conversation that O’Donohue “was a mess” who created drunken havoc in his home, that he called the police to have her removed and that they arrested her.
District Court records show that O’Donohue was charged with one count each of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
A voice mail left for O’Donohue Monday night was not immediately returned.
Luzerne County President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. on Friday issued a temporary PFA order in favor of O’Donohue, according to court documents, pending a hearing on Thursday morning.
Glodzik has made other headlines, notably for criminal charges that cost him his towing contract with the city. He also faces more than half a million dollars in combined state and federal liens against his business interests, including an $8,380 judgment filed last week in Luzerne County Court against United Sanitation Network Inc., of Duryea.
Last May, the county District Attorney’s Office charged Glodzik with two counts of theft, alleging he stole $2,100 left in a Cadillac he towed as part of a purported drug arrest. A state police trooper working undercover with the FBI in a sting operation said he had been in contact with Glodzik about towing vehicles seized by a regional drug task force.
Glodzik pleaded not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial in county court, set to begin in May.
In another case, in November Judge Joseph M. Augello authorized a one-year PFA order that prohibits Glodzik from having any contact with a former girlfriend, Marti Calpin, who complained in court documents about unwanted attention from Glodzik, including 48 telephone calls she says he made to her between 5 and 9 p.m. Oct. 31. And that was not the first PFA involving Calpin and Glodzik.
But Glodzik insists that O’Donohue’s account of what happened the night of April 17 is entirely false.
“It made me look like some kind of maniac. That’s why I’m so glad I phoned the police,” Glodzik said.
O’Donohue wrote in court documents that the pair went back to Glodzik’s home the night of April 17 “and we were both drinking.”
“I don’t remember how it started, it happened so fast. He had me (cornered) on the floor in his bathroom,” she wrote.
Then, O’Donohue said, Glodzik began kicking her and dragged her around by the hair, causing her to lose consciousness “due to blows to the head.”
“He grabbed me many times and threw me, leaving marks,” wrote O’Donohue, who said she was hospitalized for three days as a result of her injuries.
According to Glozdik, O’Donohue is not a girlfriend but an acquaintance.
“The girl called me up on a Thursday night. She had been drinking. She was just drunk. She was a mess,” Glodzik said. “She called me up, she said ‘I’m out drinking,’” and that she needed a ride home.
He says O’Donohue became combative and he called police.
“She started just acting like somebody that was drinking, knocking stuff over. I called the police, the police came over. They asked me what I wanted to do with her. I didn’t want to press any charges, I just wanted her out of my house,” Glodzik told a reporter.
Wilkes-Barre police on Monday could not confirm the authenticity of a police report provided to a reporter by Glodzik, but citation numbers on that document matched those filed against O’Donohue in district court.
Glodzik said that while he didn’t want O’Donohue arrested, she swore at police and became combative with officers, who decided to arrest her outside after she became increasingly loud and tried to damage Glodzik’s shrubbery.