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Fight Over Bill Led to West Penn Township Murder; Fire at Accused’s Home

Police say the accused wanted a discount and didn’t get one.

A dispute over payment for services reportedly led to a Schuylkill County business owner being killed earlier this week. 

Follow-up news reports indicate Mark Boyle was killed when Michael Albert, of Scranton, had a problem with how long it took to get his dump truck fixed by Boyle.

Boyle reportedly wanted payment for his services on Albert’s truck. Albert wanted a discount since he claimed it took too long to fix. Boyle refused to give Albert a discount and that’s when the situation escalated. 

Update on West Penn Township Murder Investigation

Boyle was killed Wednesday after Albert allegedly ran him over with the dump truck he was coming to Schuylkill County to pick up. Boyle operated Mark Boyle Welding and Industrial Sandblasting, West Penn Township.

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Albert visited the business to pick up the dump truck from Boyle. Albert’s daughter was reportedly with him at the time of the incident.

After Albert refused to pay for Boyle’s services, he started to drive away without paying. Boyle ran after him and that’s when Albert ran him over with the truck.

When police arrived at the scene, WFMZ reports, they found Boyle laying in the driveway of his business and Albert behind the wheel of his truck.

There are conflicting reports as to how Albert ran over Boyle with his truck. 

Boyle tells police that he kept driving away until he “felt a bump” and then stopped. However, Boyle’s wife told police a different story, saying Albert had threatened her husband and promised to run him over if he got in his way trying to leave.

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Boyle was pronounced dead at Lehigh Valley HOspital-Cedar Crest later Wednesday night.

Albert was sent to Schuylkill County Prison without bail and is charged with third-degree murder.

Fire at Albert’s Scranton Home

In a bit of a bizarre twist to this story, just hours after Albert was sent to Schuylkill County Prison, his home in Scranton caught fire.

According to a report at, no one was inside Albert’s home in Brook St. in Scranton when fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m.

A cause of the fire has not been determined.

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