Towing contractor's lawyer calls penalty 'an unfair sentence by a timid judge'Last updated: July 12. 2014 12:01AM - 6025 Views
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Defense attorney Joseph Sklarosky Sr. speaks out against the verdict in a video accompanying this story at www.timesleader.com —
Key events in the Leo Glodzik story:
• September 2010 — Girlfriend Marti Calpin reports that Glodzik rammed his Ford Taurus into her Jeep when she was driving on Carverton Road in Kingston Township. Charges of drunken driving and reckless endangerment against Glodzik were dismissed after Calpin does not testify.
• October 2011 — Glodzik pleads guilty to resisting arrest and harassment and is sentenced to serve 18 months probation following his behavior toward police following his arrest in the Calpin car-ramming case.
• October 2011 — A judge issues a Protection from Abuse order against Glodzik after a September 2011 incident in which Calpin said Glodzik assaulted her and slashed a tire on her car on Carverton Road. Calpin requests the PFA be lifted in January 2012 after Glodzik began taking anger-management classes.
• May 2013 — Glodzik charged with two counts of theft after investigation into allegations that he stole $2,100 from a vehicle he towed that was part of a drug arrest in January, 2013. Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton announces a short time later the same day that LAG Towing's exclusive, $50,050 annual towing contract with the city is suspended.
• June 2013 — The state files a $519,204 lien against Glodzik, saying he has not paid taxes on his personal income since 2006.
• November 2013 — County Judge Joseph M. Augello authorizes a one-year PFA order that prohibits Glodzik from having any contact with Calpin, who complained of unwanted attention, including 48 telephone calls she says Glodzik made to her on Oct. 31.
• January 2014 — The Internal Revenue Service on files a federal lien against Glodzik in the amount of $113,584.
• April 7 — The state Department of Environmental Protection warns Glodzik of possible enforcement actions if he doesn't tear down or fix up an abandoned railroad bridge he owns over the Susquehanna River between Duryea and Exeter.
• April 14 — The state Department of Labor and Industry files an $8,380 judgment against a former Glodzik company, United Sanitation Network Inc., of Duryea. It appears to deal with late or unpaid unemployment contributions from 2010 and 2011. The company now is owned by a family member, Pilar Glodzik.
• April 25 — Luzerne County President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. issues a temporary PFA order in favor of Aleksandra O'Donohue, 25, who claims Glodzik beat her at his Morgan Drive home on the night of April 17.
• May 7 — Defense attorney Joseph Sklarosky Sr. requests an out-of-county jury for the upcoming theft trial, arguing negative publicity surrounding Glodzik's many legal issues. County Judge Lesa Gelb denies the request.
• May 8 — Burke dismisses O'Donohue's PFA request, citing a “lack of credible evidence.”
• May 15 — A county jury finds Glodzik guilty of one felony theft count following a two-day trial.
• July 11 — Gelb sentences Glodzik to spend three to 2 months in county jail, allowing for daily work release.