Accused in several cases, Mark Anthony Gonsky now headed to trial in August

Last updated: June 12. 2014 7:02PM - 2080 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — A suspended Mountain Top physician facing charges including terroristic threats and reckless endangerment has withdrawn his no-contest plea and is headed to trial.

Allegations against Mark Anthony Gonsky, 61, include reports of a Feb. 24, 2013 incident in which he is accused of firing a gun in the front yard of his Loop Road home after a drunken altercation with neighbors and employees at an area market. Gonsky allegedly threatened to “put a bullet” between a policeman's eyes on that day.

In a second case, on March 15, 2013, was said to have attacked one of his own patients in his South Mountain Boulevard office.

Court records show Gonsky entered no-contest pleas in those cases on March 27, and was remanded pending sentencing on June 20.

Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni III on Thursday accepted a defense motion to withdraw the pleas, and set an Aug. 25 trial date for Gonsky.

Gonsky's medical license was suspended last year by the state Board of Osteopathic Medicine after investigation determined he “presents a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety” in the wake of several criminal cases.

The February incident led to an immediate temporary suspension of Gonsky's license, but as reports about other incidents became known, the board opted to take permanent action.

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