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Police: Bridge Street Man Tries to Light Woman's Clothing on Fire

Police say the man used a half gallon of gasoline, enough to cause an explosion.

A Phoenixville man was arrested on Bridge Street yesterday after Schuylkill Police say he assaulted a woman and attempted to light her clothing on fire in his front yard.

Mark Donald Gear, 61, was charged with two counts of simple assault, two counts of harassment, and additional counts of recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief in connection with the December17 incident.

According to court documents, a woman Gear lives with on the 1000 block of Bridge Street—the full name of the woman was not released and the nature of their relationship is unclear—was attempting to pack her clothing in her car and leave the residence when Gear, who was intoxicated at the time of the incident, threw her items out of the vehicle and onto the front lawn.

Gear then, according to a witness, retrieved a gas can from the garage and covered the clothing in fuel. When the woman attempted to intervene, the witness said Gear struck her in the face and knocked her to the ground.

Gear attempted to pull out a cigarette lighter and ignite the pile, but the woman was able to pull it away from him.

Police say he had dumped a half gallon of gas on the clothes, which, had he managed to light the pile, could have been enough to cause an explosion.

Mark Gear was arrested and confined to Chester County Prison when he was unable to post $75,000 bail. He faces preliminary hearing on December 20.

Barry Cassidy December 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM
dave....when you are the loneliest number you have a lot a time on your hands...and everyone knows that is the devil's workshop. hands start migrating to the pubic area and... Phoenixville is a great place...everyone knows that but some people want to make their own reality by saying bad things under an alias name. you and i post as who we are...even if people don't like it. people that write stuff like the loneliest number just do it because they can attack personally and you can not attack back. but in this case i know who one is...the loneliest number
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, December 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Ahhhhhh somethings never change....use a news article on someone else to push your own agenda! I think the editor should delete all the entries that do not stick with the topic.!!!
1 December 19, 2012 at 01:45 PM
To translate Barry's post...."the truth hurts". EVERYTHING I said here is true. Dave Friday DID move his store out of Phoenixville. Period. Barry was fired from his last two jobs and was caught insulting residents online using a fake name (see attached news paperlinks above). Period. The rest is just internet BS. Again since Frodo and and the pony tailed cave troll have both declined to meet in person to discuss this issue, I will bid you all farewell. Happy holidays.
1 December 19, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Lies? I guess you better get a lawyer to sue the Journal Register News Service then Barry: From the Phoenix Newspaper: PHOENIXVILLE -- Although it took several meetings to accomplish, Borough Council Tuesday received a public apology from the Main Street Community Development Corp. The public apology was given to council at the start of public participation at the council meeting, as CDC President Robb Frees and representative Manny DeMutis walked to the podium. Frees read, "Members of Borough Council, Mr. Mayor, Chief, Messers Krack and Rau, and members of the public, on behalf of our Executive Director, Barry Cassidy, the Main Street Development Corporation would respectfully like to apologize for the recent blog incident. "We appreciate the public/private partnership and the tremendous success we have enjoyed. We look forward to continuing to work together and are sorry for any inconvenience, embarrassment, or distraction from this event." The public apology was a result of a letter of reprimand sent by Borough Council on June 11 to CDC Director Barry Cassidy regarding an offensive comment on Cassidy's personal blog. The letter stipulated that three things needed to be done, and if the conditions were not met, the borough could terminate its contract with the community development group.
Dave F December 19, 2012 at 02:15 PM
You're right 1. I did move my store. Wow you can read. I also sell odd shaped sofas because we know those rectangular sofas are really hard to find. Again 1, post your name big boy and then we can chat. You know what's funny is you know who I am and where to find me yet I've never heard a peep from you. Why is that? Post your name and we can chat.
Barry Cassidy December 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
what you write is not true. what is true is that you are a jerk off plain and simple. you get on here and insult people that is why i joined the conversation because i do not like jerk offs like you attacking people. get back under the rock you have been hiding under...pick a new name. what is this like your 5th or 6th name? people like you are what is wrong with the Patch, at first i thought let is go but then i realized that it is christmas. i need a little amusement and i would be more you than you. because you don't use your name we can't go back and say when you were in 3rd grade the dog peed on your leg and everyone laughed and you cried. or about the time you the teacher caught you with your hand down your pants. but because you are a "character" anything is possible and i say those things a true about you. can't freaking deny it. cause your a made up person. get a life Chauncey.
Barry Cassidy December 19, 2012 at 02:28 PM
@ the loneliest number read what you wrote jerk off they are lies.
1 December 19, 2012 at 03:22 PM
You are right Carrie but these two sociopaths can't "bully" me (or anyone else who will actually fight back) as shown by their refusal to meet face to face to discuss these issues. They instead they want me to put my family at risk by posting my name, address, etc... on line. Barry was forced out of the Phoenixville Borough Manager job in large part because he was rude and disrespectful to the community. Don't take my word for it, a simple google search of him will show everything I said to be 100% true. As for Dave Friday, I never had an issue with him before seeing him try to attack a woman online for non agreeing with his Phoenixville cheerleading BS. He seems to think we know each other (most like confusing me with one of the many other people who think he is a coward with little man's disease) but I never met him. Again, I invite him to dare say this meow stuff to my face but we all know he'll never agree to that. Have a nice holiday Carrie. I'm heading to the Keys later this afternoon and won't be lingering around the patch to respond to these losers for a while.
1 December 19, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Barry, please site one specific example of where I lied about you? Were you caught making sexist remarks and attacking a woman online? Yes or No? (the attached links above answer the question) Did you leave your last two Borough Manager jobs on good terms? Yes or No? (a quick google search of your name will answer the question) Have you sought elected office multiple times but lost and or been declined outright (Dinniman's vacant Commissioner's seat, recent House primary run)? Yes or No? (Again it can be googled). The problem with being a sociopath that seeks attention all the time is you leave a digital and paper trail behind you. YOU are the one that has been exposed as a liar here, not me. The more you post, the more you prove me right. Thanks for the laughs ponytail and have a good Christmas!
Barry Cassidy December 19, 2012 at 03:41 PM
it is written. read it. all i said was one is the loneliest number. people that do not post their names and make attacks like the loneliest number are jerk offs. I was not forced out of anything and actually worked there until this past march doing real estate development for mr. demutis. what he is writing is BS plain and simple. meaningless attacks by a made up persona. now the entity feels they are a victim because i got down in the gutter with the loneliest number. it has happened before...i receive threatening and demeaning messages i become more them than them... you people are freaks, scum of the earth that only know how to attack on the internet. i believe i was there when the dog peed on the characters leg. maybe on both of your legs cause you may be the same entity. good cop bad cop stuff. grow up jerk offs. get a life...or get a name...either one...one
Michael Hill December 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Dinkus, I think what you are seeing is a reaction to 1’s other posts and his multiple attacks. Most of us know who 1 is and I think it would beneficial if he just man up and post under his real name. Cowardice is unbecoming. He has a long history of trying to confront Barry and when he’s tried to do it in person has made a fool out of himself. So now he has taken to the Patch under multiple screen names to continue his vendetta. What we have is an individual who has sour grapes because he wasn’t embraced by Barry and the other merchants in town. Mainly because of his own actions. Dave has had the same experiences as Barry. 1 is quick to pick an internet fight, but when Dave was a daily fixture at his business in Phoenixville he failed to talk to him one on one.
1 December 19, 2012 at 04:11 PM
LOL! It is a riot that you people try to claim anyone who disagrees with or stands up to you must be the same person. It's impossible that more than one person feels the same way huh? I have ONE screen name and invite the Patch editor to confirm this (can be done by IP address). I never stepped foot in Dave's business and didn't have a problem with him until I saw him attacking a woman online. If he still had a shop in town, I would have been there last night to give him a chance to say "meow" to my face. As for Barry, EVERYTHING I said about him is 100% true. That is why he is so upset. He's childish reactions are also why he can't get a job outside boot licking one guy and is considered a joke by the Democratic party when he tries to run for office. Who would vote for a guy who gets in pissing matches online?
Michael Hill December 19, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Funny how you mention IP addresses. If they had been used in used in the whole Blog debacle maybe the whole situation would have been resolved. What we still have is accusations thrown around mainly by a Borough Council President who should have been removed long ago. But that’s another story. Nothing was ever proven. Stop being a coward 1 and post under your real name.
1 December 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Barry, you did NOT leave your last two jobs on good terms and anyone with access to google can see it. After losing the Borough Manager position you were given a BS job by the same guy who's boots you have been licking for years. When is the last time someone other than your current master employed you? Did you not interview for the vacant Chester County Commissioners seat when Dinniman left for higher office? How did that go? Did you not recently run in a Democratic primary for a House seat? How did that go? Were you not caught using the screen name "big dick johnson" to attack a woman online? Did your master not have to make a public apology on the behalf of the Main Street Development Corporation as a result (because you were too gutless to say sorry yourself). Did you not "resign" your position with the Main Street Development Corporation as Borough Manager within months of that happening? Again this is not slander, libel, or lies. This is PUBLIC RECORD and FACTS. I invite anyone reading to look it up and make their own decisions. I have a 3:15 PM flight to catch so I'm out. Thanks for once again exposing the public to your true nature.
1 December 19, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Mike Hill, Barry could have easily provided his IP address to prove that the posts under "big dick johnson" weren't him. He didn't. Why? Why would Main Street Development Corporation make a public apology if it wasn't true? Nothing has been proven? LOL! Yeah and OJ didn't kill his ex-wife either....Thanks for the laughs.
Dave F December 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
You know what's funny 1? You know who I am. You know what I look like. You know where my store is. You knew where my store was for 4 years prior to now. How is it that I'm a coward? Post your name tough guy and then we can chat. You don't even have the stomach to post your name and you want to meet me? Yeah ok tough guy.
Michael Hill December 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Have you ever heard of innocent till proven guilty? There was never anything but pointless accusations. The Main Street Development Corporation apologized because they were afraid of losing the contract. But look at what did happen, they lost the man that procured many of the grants that brought Phoenixville what it needed to rise. The Main Street Development Corporation is now pretty much defunct. I have always believed that the whole situation was BS and that it was used as an excuse because Barry did more for the town than it’s worth less Borough Council President. Again stop being a coward and post under your real name. Your excuse that you’re going to Key West is mute. They have internet connections there and almost everyone travels with their laptop or similar device.
Abby December 19, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I like Barry. I think he does a lot for the area and for the businesses downtown. I think it's laughable that you crap all over Phoenixville, but then make fun of Barry for trying to get more involved. David & 1 are the problem with Phoenixville.
Abby December 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Also, the whole " meet me face to face/ ill beat you up" thing is really dorky.
James C December 20, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I can't help but think of the XKCD comic where the wife is telling her husband to come to bed, and he's like "NO I can't, Someone on the internet is WRONG"
Mark December 20, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I did live in Phoenixville, And I did move out of town. But the main fact that I see it. Love him or hate him Barry Cassity did wonders for Phoenixville. It has totaly changed because of his efforts. And for that I say Thank You Barry for all you have done. I wish you were still there to finish the uncompleted job. Because most of the progress stopped when you left or were fired or contract canceled.
harry finster December 20, 2012 at 04:36 PM
you should tell barry that masterbator is the proper term for jerk off ,jerk off is a real phoenixville word
Nick December 20, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I personally know this piece of s*#t and he deserves ever charge that he has coming to him to stick!!!!' Hey mark, now don't u believe karma is a bitch. Have fun sharing a 8X10 with another man who hopefully makes ur stay a LIVINING hell, bc as u know u have make many ppl we both know lives a living hell!!!! Congrats on ur new home!!!!!
Nick December 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Phoenixville is a much better place now that this waste of life is sitting in jail. Yes, as the messed up judicial system states, you are innocent until proven guilty, but if anyone know this mans past like I do, im surprised this is the only incident that he actually got caught on and finally has charges that will STICK!!!!! Now he cant hurt or bring anymore pain or sorrow to the people there, as well as the person he hurt more then you can imagine in me and my families lives, so once again MARK GREAR I am estatic that justice is going to be served as well as you not having control wehter its mind or physical abuse, because now you will have a GREAT group of CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS that wil be teling YOU what to do from this pont on!!!!!! Have a great stay and dont forget, shower time is a perfect time to protect your 6, something that the people you have hurt couldnt do, protect themselves from your sickness, ignorance for a living being and life itself.
maureen December 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
There are 60 comments on this story and 3 of them are actually about the story. Of the 3, one had the man's last name spelled wrong. Just an observation, LOLOL!
Ed Roper December 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Wow. This whole argument was hilarious to read. I'm just glad that for once there was a huge online pissing match and I wasn't in the middle of it. But unfortunately, I'm just a casual observer these days. And yea, observing this has been hilarious....
Barry Cassidy December 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM
being involved is hilarious
Katie December 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
This guy deserves everything coming to him! He deserves to rot in hell
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Dan Y January 03, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Reading this weeks later is still hilarious

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