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By Edward Lewis elewis@civitasmedia.com



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NANTICOKE — State police at Shickshinny on Wednesday withdrew obstruction charges against the mother of a 16-year-old boy suspected in the shooting death of her boyfriend earlier this year.


Damar Renee Kachmarsky, 43, of Mossville Road, Fairmount Township, was charged when she allegedly struggled with troopers while trying to reach her son, who sat in the the rear of a cruiser on April 28.


Kachmarsky’s son was detained by state police in the shooting death of her boyfriend, David Wheeler, 32, at the Mossville Road residence.


An autopsy showed Wheeler died from a shotgun wound to the abdomen. His death was ruled a homicide by Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman.


No charges have been filed in the deadly shooting.


Kachmarsky was charged with obstructing law enforcement and disorderly conduct. At her preliminary hearing before District Judge Donald Whittaker, state police withdrew the two misdemeanor counts against her.


According to the criminal complaint:


Kachmarsky’s son was placed in a cruiser after the shooting.


Kachmarsky approached the cruiser telling troopers she was the boy’s mother. Troopers told her she could not speak to her son at which time she became irate, the complaint says.


Kachmarsky continued to walk toward the cruiser saying, “I want to talk to my son. You can’t stop me from talking to my son,” according to the complaint.


After being told to calm down, Kachmarsky allegedly shoved a trooper’s arms away. She was taken to the ground and refused to place her hands behind her. After she was warned twice that she would be stunned by a Taser, Kachmarsky put her hands behind her back, the complaint says.


Wheeler’s aunt, Shelia Brandon, previously told The Times Leader that Wheeler had lived with Kachmarsky for about one year. Brandon said state police seized a 20-gauge shotgun that was on a table inside the house.


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