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Prison guard suspended after altercation

| Tuesday, March 11, 2003

A lieutenant at the Fayette County Prison was suspended Monday after he was charged with threatening a Smithfield family at gunpoint.

Mark R. Schiffbauer, 47, of Fairchance, allegedly threatened to kill the family of Mark Foster Sr. over a family dispute on Feb. 7.

Schiffbauer was hired at the prison in 1990. He works at the front desk and is paid $14.72 an hour, according to the county controller.

According to the alleged victim, Mark Foster Sr. of Smithfield, Schiffbauer threatened to kill his entire family and said he could get away with it because of his position at the prison.

Schiffbauer was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, carrying a firearm without a license, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Warden Larry Medlock said Schiffbauer was suspended without pay yesterday until further action is taken by the prison board, which is scheduled to meet today.

Also charged were Tracy L. Schiffbauer and Parrish T. George.

Tracy Schiffbauer, 45, Mark Schiffbauer's wife, also allegedly brandished a gun and threatened to kill Foster. She is charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

George, 31, of Uniontown, faces a summary charge of harassment for striking Foster's son, Brandon Matthews.

According to Foster, the dispute began when a third party allegedly assaulted his son's girlfriend, who is related to Schiffbauer.

Foster said his young daughters witnessed the incident and were threatened with death.

Both Schiffbauers charged were released on $25,000 bond after arraignment last week before District Justice Randy Abraham of Fairchance.

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