WILKES-BARRE — A Freeland man was charged Tuesday with entering the private office of a Luzerne County senior judge.
John Lamasko, 48, of Main Street, was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane on charges of criminal trespass, criminal attempt to commit trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
The charges were filed by the county Sheriff’s Department.
According to the criminal complaint:
Lamasko was in the lobby of Senior Judge Chester Muroski’s courtroom inside the Brominski Courthouse on North Street while his lawyer was in Muroski’s chambers at about 9:10 a.m. discussing a child-custody matter on behalf of his client.
Lamasko made several attempts to forcibly enter Muroski’s chambers, including placing his hand over a secretary’s hand that was on the door handle.
Lamasko was told several times he was not allowed inside the chambers and to wait for his attorney. Lamasko sat in the lobby for about 20 minutes and again made an attempt to enter Muroski’s chambers by ringing a bell. He allegedly yelled that he wanted to be inside because he had paperwork, the complaint says.
A secretary told Lamasko on a speaker phone, “Your attorney will be right out sir, thank you,” and hung up. Lamasko rang the bell, causing his attorney, Gary Mechak, to come out asking him, “John, what are you doing?” according to the complaint.
Lamasko and others were told to go inside the courtroom, where Muroski requested to meet with Mechak and another attorney in chambers. The judge’s secretary advised a sheriff deputy to go into chambers because there was “a lot of yelling between the judge and the attorneys.”
Muroski advised the attorneys that he is recusing himself from the case and ordered Lamasko out of the building, the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 16.