WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Luzerne County council member is headed to possible trial on charges in connection with an incident in which he allegedly chased kids with a baseball bat.
Stephen J. Urban was charged last month and on Wednesday he faced those charges in district court. He insists he did nothing wrong and will fight the charges.
Stephen J. Urban walked into Central Court Wednesday with his attorney.
The Luzerne County council member was charged in September in connection with a neighborhood dispute that investigators say escalated to the point where Urban is accused of chasing a group of kids with a baseball bat.
Investigators say a group of juveniles were playing basketball when an argument erupted.
A 12-year-old boy, accompanied by his mother, came to the hearing Wednesday to testify about what allegedly happened that day.
“He came off his front porch with a baseball bat. We were scared and we ran into my backyard,” said the 12-year-old boy.
But investigators say a neighbor’s security camera recorded the footage, as well as, Urban asking the neighbor to delete the video.
“Tampering with evidence is the allegation in that he asked the neighbor to delete evidence from the case,” said Thomas Ost-Prisco, the Senior Deputy Attorney General.
Urban also faces two counts of simple assault.
“So I don’t have to present any evidence that he said anything like I’m going to break your neck or anything like that. Just as they say actions speak louder than words,” Ost-Prisco added.
The boy’s mother says the incident never should have happened.
“I just feel that the whole situation has gone on because it’s something he shouldn’t have to be going through. I mean at 12 years old,” said the boy’s mother.
Urban’s Attorney argued in court that Urban did nothing wrong and asked the judge to dismiss the charges.
I just wanted him to know that there was no evidence in the case no prima facia evidence and we disagreed. So now he’s bound over. He’s found that there was evidence that a crime was probably committed. He found there is evidence that maybe Urban probably committed it. So we go from here,” said Urban’s attorney, Daniel Hunter.
Urban could face a trial as early as next year.