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Last updated: March 13. 2013 11:39PM - 6605 Views
By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER



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FAIRVIEW TWP. -- A Mountain Top physician accused of firing a gun in his front yard after a drunken altercation with neighbors and employees at an area market is facing charges of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.


Police say Mark Anthony Gonsky, 60, a longtime family physician with a practice at 111 S. Mountain Blvd., was highly intoxicated when they first encountered him after they were dispatched to Carone’s Market for a report of man harassing employees on Feb. 24.


According to an arrest affidavit:


As police spoke with Gonsky, of Loop Road, he became belligerent and was taken into custody after he refused to obey orders to calm down. He continued to yell and curse at the officers as they drove him to his home, at one time threatening that he was going to “put a bullet” between the eyes of officer Dennis Monk.


Gonsky was allowed to go into his house and was advised to stay there and not drive, or he would be arrested. Police then spoke with Gonsky’s neighbor, who reported Gonsky had damaged the vehicle of her Realtor. The Realtor also reported Gonsky had thrown an “open house” sign the Realtor had placed on the neighbor’s property into the woods, and had tried to run him over with his vehicle.


Police left the scene after taking the reports, but were soon called back after neighbors reported Gonsky was outside, firing a gun in his front yard. Gonsky was then taken into custody and placed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. He was later released after posting bail.


Gonsky’s attorney, Anthony Moses, said Wednesday that Gonsky is embarrassed by the incident and plans to do “everything he needs to do” to put the matter behind him.


“He is somebody with a good reputation in the community who has dedicated his life to helping others,” Moses said. “He plans to do the right thing at the end of the day and move on with his life.”


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