WILKES-BARRE — A former girlfriend is suing local TV host Dave Kuharchik of WBRE-TV over claims he owes her more than $26,000 and was physically abusive.
Sharon Lynett of Dunmore claims Kuharchik, 36, host of “PA Live” and a meteorologist at the station, showed “an unreasonable temper during the relationship especially after drinking alcohol to excess,” according to the complaint filed Tuesday in Luzerne County Court.
Lynett alleges there were incidents in 2012 and 2013 in which Kuharchik, of West Wyoming, “viciously assaulted” her after drinking alcohol, causing her bodily injury that required medical treatment and causing damage to her vehicle, all of which resulted in medical bills and property damage of more than $2,400.
According to the lawsuit:
Kuharchik repeatedly promised in 2012 to marry Lynett after his divorce, and the couple discussed plans for their future.
After Kuharchik complained of financial difficulties due to his divorce proceedings and child support obligations for this three children, he asked Lynett for financial help to pay his mortgage so he would not lose his home to foreclosure.
He promised she would be paid back when the home was sold or in equity if they chose to live there after they were married.
Lynett paid Kuharchik’s monthly mortgage of $1,695 or more from October 2012 through June 2013 for a total of $15,258.
When in May 2013 Kuharchik was ordered by the court to refinance his mortgage to remove his wife from the deed and mortgage, he “was unable to secure financing due to his low income and poor credit,” so he asked Lynett to co-sign the loan.
After Kuharchik again promised to marry Lynett and give her full access to the full equity in the home, she agreed to co-sign. That same month, Kuharchik asked Lynett to loan him another $9,000 so he could finalize distribution of the property with his wife as part of the divorce.
The complaint also notes incidents of violence by the TV personality, including an assault on her on Nov. 22, 2012 in her vehicle in front of his house when he punched her and fractured her hands, and on Dec. 15, 2012, when, during a drunken tantrum while a passenger in Lynett’s vehicle, he caused damage to the vehicle, including smashing the windshield and the navigation screen, the lawsuit claims.
Lynett ended the relationship after a “vicious attack upon her” by Kuharchik on the way home from the New Jersey shore in July 2013.
Kuharchik’s divorce was finalized Aug. 9, 2013. Three days later, his ex-wife, Kathleen Ankenbrand of West Pittston, filed a protection-from-abuse order against him, alleging he threatened to kill her in the course of numerous text messages and phone calls. The PFA prohibited Kuharchik from contacting her.
Lynett’s lawsuit is seeking $26,658, the amount she claims Kuharchik owes her.
Kuharchik did not return a phone message Wednesday seeking comment on the lawsuit.