Cops & Court Report

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Tidioute Borough Criminal Mischief. Between May 20 and June 18 at 4:58 p.m., multiple headstones were tipped over in the St. Johns Catholic Rectory in Tidioute, specifically a tall stone grave marker valued at $1,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police Warren.

State Police: Missing man found safe

Pennsylvania State Police are thanking those who participated in the safe return of a man who was missing Monday. Police announced Monday morning that they were searching for Richard Smith, 80, of Mead Township. Smith was found alive and well not far from his home at 7:30 a.m. ...

Police search for lost Mead Township man

Pennsylvania State Police is searching for a Mead Township man. According to police, Richard W. Smith, 81, was last seen at about 4 a.m. Monday in the area of Wardwell Lane off of Kinzua Road. “Police believe this person may be at special risk of harm or injury and may be confused,” ...

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Columbus Township Burglary. On Wednesday, June 12, at10:23 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police of Corry was dispatched to a report of a burglary on Spencer Road in Columbus Township. Upon arrival, troopers interviewed the victim who related that the unknown actor(s) arrived from an unknown ...

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Brokenstraw Twp. Harassment. Warren-based state police charged Brandi L. Hannah, 47, Tidioute, with harassment after she allegedly struck a 49-year-old female of Youngsville in the left side of the mouth with a closed fist. Pine Grove Twp. Possession. Warren-based state police reported ...

Warren County Courthouse Friday sentencing hearings

The following sentences were handed down by Judge Gregory Hammond on Friday afternoon at the Warren County Courthouse. ¯ Austin J. Donato, Corry, to 12-24 months incarceration in state prison, $300 in restitution, $625 in fines and fees, a no contact/no trespass order and boot camp ...

Knappenberger sentenced

A Warren man found guilty by a jury of molesting a 12-year-old girl will spend over four years in state prison and register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life. Jackson K. Knappenberger, 25, was sentenced on Friday by Judge Gregory Hammond on charges including corruption of ...

Shreve attorney seeks August trial

The trial of a man facing attempted homicide charges in a December stabbing in Sugar Grove could happen as soon as August. At a Friday hearing to consider a motion to suppress certain evidence in the case of Michael C. Shreve, 22, of Ashville, N.Y., Judge Gregory Hammond suggested a ...

Hickman pleads guilty to assault charges

A Pittsburgh man who wound up in the Warren County Jail via SCI Forest pled guilty to assaulting a prisoner on Thursday. President Judge Maureen Skerda took the plea from Jemiere, R. Hickman, 30, of Pittsburgh. He pled to a felony count of assault by prisoner and a count of simple ...

WCSD officials coordinate August shooter drill at IKE

Tactical training for law enforcement was one of the steps along the way to an active shooter incident drill this summer in Warren County School District. That event is in the past and involved agents from state, county, and municipal agencies as well as agencies in Chautauqua County, ...

Thursday plea hearings

By JOSH COTTON jcotton@timesobserver.com A host of pleas were entered on Thursday before President Judge Maureen Skerda in the morning and Judge Gregory Hammond in the afternoon at the Warren County Courthouse. The following defendants entered guilty pleas: ¯ Andrew L. Bihon, Tidioute, ...

Porter pleads guilty to 32 charges

A Warren man faces over maximum sentences of over a century in prison for a slew of charges he’s picked up over the last year. Matthew J. Porter, 28, entered pleas before President Judge Maureen Skerda on Thursday to a total of 32 charges from 20 separate and distinct dockets. Here’s ...

Kelley pleads guilty to multiple charges

The employee who stole from Warren County Christian School over a period of seven years has entered guilty pleas. On Thursday, Bethany J. Kelley, 55, of Tidioute, entered guilty pleas to six felonies — three counts of forgery; and three counts of access device fraud. Judge Gregory ...

Warren man charged with DUI in Busti, NY

A Warren man is headed to court in New York following an incident late Wednesday night in Jamestown, N.Y. At about 11:42 p.m. Wednesday, A Lakewood-Busti police officer saw a vehicle traveling on Busti Stillwater Road at a high rate of speed and crossing the center lines of the roadway. ...

One pleads guilty at prelims

One defendant pled guilty, charges were withdrawn against three, and one was held for court during preliminary hearings held on Wednesday at the Warren County Courthouse. Dakota S. Morris, Youngsville, pled guilty to marijuana – small amount personal use. A count of possession of drug ...

Tactical training

Simulated ammunition and police jargon were flying around Youngsville High School on Monday. Pennsylvania State Police out of the Northwest Training Center ran tactical training at the school in advance of Warren County School District’s forthcoming active shooter incident exercise ...

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Glade Township DUI. At 5:04 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, Warren-based state police were dispatched to Cobham Park Rd. and Scandia Rd. for a report of an intoxicated male asleep in the driver’s seat of his car which was stopped in the driver’s lane. Upon police arrival, a male driver was ...

Teacher arrested for drugs fired from district

A teacher arrested for allegedly taking meth and other drugs to school has been fired. Former Beaty-Warren Middle School math teacher Matthew R. Kiser, 44, of Warren, was charged in April with possession with intent to deliver after he allegedly took a backpack containing 2 grams of ...

Jamestown pair jailed after being recognized for thefts

A Jamestown pair were jailed last week after a loss prevention worker at a Warren retail store recognized one as a suspect in recent thefts. Court records indicate one is accused of theft in two other counties. On June 5, following the tip from loss prevention, Conewango Township police ...