Charges Dismissed, Two Released From Prison

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POTTSVILLE -- Charges were dismissed in a kidnap case in Schuylkill County because the prosecution witnesses didn't show up to testify.

There was a lot of emotion in front of the Schuylkill County jail as Peter Tarbox and his mother Annette Williams were released.

Annette Williams was greeted by a grandson.

"Grandma loves you, I really missed you, I missed you too, baby, we do what we can to get you out of jail. I love you." Williams said.

April Blair, Williams’ daughter, said the two will start with nothing because they were locked up so long.

"They both lost their jobs and my mom lost her disability because she was in a car accident years ago and they'll have no income."

The felony charges were dismissed by a district judge after the witnesses didn't show up for a hearing, even though police called to remind them.

Assistant D.A. Mike O'Pake said Williams and Tarbox are not out of the legal woods yet just because the witnesses didn't go.

"We're investigating why they were not here and the results of that will determine whether we refile the charges."

Peter Tarbox reacted.

"Say they want to come back or the FBI, more than welcome " Tarbox said.tarbox williams mug

The drama began three months ago when Peter Tarbox and his mother Annette Williams were arrested for kidnapping 11-year-old Alexandria Long from her home in Gordon. She was reunited with her mother and step-father in New York State. Court papers say that Peter Tarbox is Alexandria's biological father.

Tarbox said he wants to get his life back together.

"To tell you the truth I am glad to be going home."

Annette Williams, Tarbox's mother, agreed.

"I am just so happy to see my grandkids and stuff, I don't know what else to say," Williams explained.

The family is in the process of leaving Pottsville and they hope to start a new chapter in their lives which they say will be much happier.


  • Lori

    If you people were as intelligent as you think you would know the situation before you comment. As it stands, the alleged kidnapped girl was sending emails to her grandmother (Annette Williams) stating she was being abused by her mother. So, yeah, maybe your town is full of ignorant rednecks. If it wasn’t so sad, you people would make me laugh

  • Amanda

    For a reference what they fail to mention is that the girl begged her father to come get her after saying she was being abused and not taken care of. Why should they be charged with kidnapping when that’s his own daughter and she asked him to come get her. Any concerned father would go get his child if they said they we’re being mistreated unless you’re a piece of s*#^! I bet $ that’s exactly why the mother didn’t show up for court dumba$$ didn’t want her own wrong doings to show up. As far as for the drugs I can honestly and happily say that I know Annette does not do them so you have the wrong idea here with the redneck hick alcoholic it couldn’t be more wrong! She was a concerned grandparent and was trying to help her granddaughter. Thanks and have a good day!!!!

    • eric

      Darnell you are clearly confused. These type of lowlife individuals come HERE to blend in with the rest of the nepa “people”. You are ignorant to the statistics of this area. Here’s a few. 1 in 4 don’t graduate high school, there is a high illiteracy rate, record numbers (nationwide) of DUI convictions and almost every single local I have met since moving here is an ignorant, violent redneck. This area, Scranton especially, is a haven for alcoholics, addicts and sex offenders . Big cities have better job opportunities, a wide array of people to meet and culture to experience. Less than a year and I will have enough money to move out of this area permanently. Hooray!

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