By David Lindenmuth
SHEPPTON - Police officers from across northern Schuylkill County were called to 18 E. Market Street in Sheppton around 5:20pm today, after a report of a dirt bike driving erratically turned into a standoff.
Following an investigation into the report, police allege Juan Rivera-Lugo refused to comply with the investigating officer, and, following multiple warnings for disorderly conduct, after shouting profanities at the officer, threatened the officer with a firearm retrieved from the residence.
The investigating officer, East Union Township Patrolman Matthew Williams, attempted to enter the residence to take Rivera-Lugo into custody, when he was allegedly blocked by Manuel Meijia and Amanda Rivera.
After Rivera-Lugo refused to exit the residence, Patrolman Williams requested backup.
Units from Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, Mahanoy Township, Frackville, Hazleton city, West Hazleton, and the Pennsylvania State Police responded to assist.
Shortly after their arrival, Rivera, Rivera-Lugo, and Meija were taken into custody without further incident from the kitchen.
Rivera-Lugo was charged with making terroristic threats, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, obstructing or impeding the administration of justice by picketing, possessing instruments of crime, committed to Schuylkill County Prison on $50,000 straight cash bail by Magisterial District Judge Plachko.
Rivera and Meija face charges of obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.