Cops: Rock-throwing Teacher Smashes Window
PLAINS TWP. — A Wilkes-Barre Area School District teacher and former Laflin Borough councilwoman crashed into a car parked in a driveway, then began screaming and throwing rocks at a home early Monday, according to police.
Dodson Elementary School teacher Jamie Lynn Andrews, 36, of 70 Main St., Laflin, is accused of crashing into a car parked in the driveway at 6 Michelle St. around 12:40 a.m. Monday.
The victims, Jeffrey and Jessica Walkowiak, reported that after the crash Andrews began pounding on the front door of their home, according to the complaint.
Andrews smashed a pane of glass at the center of the door and then began throwing rocks at the home, police said. Before fleeing the scene, Andrews began screaming and punching the Walkowiaks’ vehicles with her fists, according to police.
Responding police saw Andrews driving a Dodge station wagon away from the scene and pulled her over on First Street, police said.
The complaint does not offer an alleged motive for the incident. Plains Twp. police Chief James O’Malley did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
At the Walkowiak home Monday afternoon, glass shards from one of two back-to-back panes in the door were scattered across the front porch. A young woman who answered the door said only that Andrews is known to the family.
According to the charges, Andrews caused more than $1,000 in damage to the Walkowiaks’ home during the incident, which was captured on video.
Police charged Andrews with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief, as well as summary counts of fleeing the scene of an accident and reckless driving.
Magisterial District Judge James M. Dixon arraigned her on the charges Monday morning and set bail at $5,000. Court records showed Andrews posted bail through a bondsman later Monday.
There was no answer at Andrews’ door.
Wilkes-Barre Area’s staff directory identifies Andrews as a teacher at Dodson Elementary School. She was hired in August 2010 with a salary of $38,218.
District solicitor Raymond Wendolowski did not immediately return a message seeking comment on her status.
Court records show Andrews is already awaiting trial on driving under the influence charges alleging she crashed into a rock wall, mail box and utility pole near her home the night of Sept. 8.
Andrews told police she had been taking Percocet, Prozac and other medications, and said she had blacked out before the crash, according to the charges. Blood testing showed she was under the influence of phentermine and oxycodone, police said.
Andrews previously served as a Laflin Borough councilwoman, being sworn in to replace Michael Flanagan, who resigned, at a ceremony in May 2017.
According to an announcement submitted to The Citizens’ Voice at the time, Andrews is a special education teacher who had served for more than a dozen years as a member of the Laflin Volunteer Fire Department.
The wife of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, Andrews has worked as fire department secretary, a firefighter, and has trained as an EMT at Luzerne County Community College, according to the announcement.
Laflin Borough solicitor Sam Sanguedolce said Andrews is no longer a council member, having lost re-election when her term expired.