Burglary suspect waives hearing|
Thursday, July 19, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
A Frenchville man accused of burglarizing Sutton's Bar waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge James Hawkins at yesterday's session of Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail.
Allen J. House, 18, is charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on July 9 at 4:25 a.m. state troopers were dispatched to Sutton's Bar in Hawk Run, Morris Township, for a reported burglary.
Upon arrival the owner of the bar, William M. Sutton told police he knew where the perpetrator of the burglary was and led them to a nearby shed where three different voices could be heard inside. Police knocked on the door but nobody answered so they got the owner, Edward Emigh, who agreed to unlock the shed.
Upon entering, police observed two individuals, one lying on a couch and another sitting on a love seat. When police asked the man on the couch his identity, he responded by cursing at the police and told them to figure it out themselves. He was again asked for his identity but he again cursed at police so he was handcuffed and arrested.
When he was placed in the patrol car he began spitting throughout the interior. Upon seeing him, Sutton said he was one of the people involved in the burglary.
The stolen items were located inside the shed, which included 15½ gallons of whiskey and liquor, two cases of beer, a case of wine coolers, a box of Reese's candy, 10 boxes of cigarettes and eight cans of snuff.
Sutton said the perpetrators gained access to the bar by prying open the front door. He said once inside they destroyed the cash register and removed the items previously mentioned.
An hour later, police again attempted to interview House but he again cursed at the police and refused to sign the rights and warning waiver sheet.
House is incarcerated in lieu of $50,000 straight bail.
In other cases, Hugh D. Rowles, 24, of Clearfield waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of simple assault, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, two counts; harassment and recklessly endangering another person.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on July 11, Lawrence Township police responded to the Walmart Supercenter for an assault. Police met a badly bruised male who said he went to his ex-girlfriend's house to drop off his son for a visitation. When he arrived, she said she had not eaten and had no groceries in the house, and asked if he would take her to Walmart to get some food.
While at Walmart, the two came in contact with Rowles, his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend.
Words were exchanged between the victim and Rowles, they separated and Rowles said afterward he went out to his car to get more money.
While in his vehicle, the victim said Rowles approached his driver's side door and was yelling at him. The victim said when he exited the vehicle, Rowles immediately assaulted him. The victim said he does not remember anything else other than he kicked at Rowles to get him away.
The victim was taken to Clearfield Hospital for treatment where it was discovered he suffered multiple facial fractures, a fractured jaw, a fractured orbital bone as well as a loss of vision in his left eye.
Police discovered that Rowles was on probation and was arrested at his place of employment at the KFC/Taco Bell.
While there, Rowles made the statement to police that the victim "should not have ran his mouth."
The district attorney's office is working on a plea deal where the aggravated assault charge would be dropped in exchange for a guilty plea and a mandatory one-year prison sentence.
Bail was set at $50,000 straight.