Thrown firework leads to assaults

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State police said a thrown firework led to several assaults earlier this month.

On July 4, police said Jacob Spader, 25, of Wakefield, Massachusetts threw a firework at 26-year-old Megan Hertzog’s face.  The Myerstown woman temporarily lost her hearing as a result. It happened on Eisenhauer Road in Jackson Township, Lebanon County.

Police said Hertzog then punched Spader in the face.

Later, police said Spader knocked Zachary Peffley, 26, of Myerstown to the ground, breaking his ankle.  While Peffley was attempting to stand up, police said Spader kicked him in the face, causing a broken nose and internal brain bleeding.  Peffley was hospitalized for his injuries.

Hertzog was issued a citation for summary harassment.

Spader was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering and two counts of harassment.

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