Kane woman waives hearing on alleged SUV theft attempt

A Kane woman waived a preliminary hearing Monday before District Judge David Engman on allegations that she tried to steal a sport utility vehicle.

Patricia R. Bynum, 34, is charged with theft by unlawful taking, a third-degree felony; criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor; and summary charges of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

The criminal complaint states that at 4:46 p.m. April 8, Kane Borough Police were dispatched to a disturbance behind a Chase Street residence. The officer arrived to find Bynum walking toward Haines Street, and he asked if she was involved in the alleged incident; she told him she wasn’t. The officer continued to the location where he was dispatched, and witnesses there told him that Bynum was the woman in question.

The witnesses reported that Bynum had a ring of keys that she allegedly was trying to use to unlock the door of a Honda Pilot SUV; when that didn’t work, she picked up a rock and smashed a window, according to the complaint.

The vehicle alarm was going off, and “She popped the hood and began using a tire iron on the engine compartment,” the complaint stated. The alarm stopped.

Bynum entered the SUV again, then left the scene, the complaint stated.

According to court records, the officer then talked to the owner of the SUV, who is the person who called police. He told the officer that he was inside his house, when he heard screaming from his backyard. He poked his head out the door, saw Bynum yelling about the SUV, and asked who she was. She told him her name.

Court records stated that Bynum told the SUV owner that the Pathfinder parked out back was hers, but he told her there was no Pathfinder parked out back. She stated that it was a Honda Pilot, but he told her that the Honda Pilot was his. She kept yelling at him, so he went inside, locked the door and called police.

Bynum, who has been incarcerated since her arrest on April 21, was released Monday on $15,000 unsecured bail.

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Bradford man jailed on assault allegations

A Bradford man was jailed over the weekend on assault allegations.

Shawn P. Prentiss Jr., 25, was arraigned Saturday morning before District Judge Richard Luther on charges of strangulation, a second-degree felony, and harassment, a summary charge.

According to the criminal complaint, on Saturday, police were dispatched for a report of a domestic. At the front door, the officer spoke to a female who “was visibly shaken.” She told the officer that everything was fine but mouthed the words “help me.”

The officer spoke to Prentiss, who explained that he returned home after being out drinking, which caused an argument. Prentiss said the argument was not physical except that at one point he got his hand slammed in the front door, which injured his right middle finger, according to the complaint.

She told the officer that the “argument escalated to a point where Prentiss had grabbed her by the neck and had her pinned up against the wall and was yelling in her face,” the complaint stated. This impeded her breathing, and she had a minor injury to her left rib area where he grabbed her.

Prentiss is in McKean County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

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Altoona man pleads guilty to possessing drug paraphernalia

An Altoona man pleaded guilty Monday before District Judge William Todd to a single charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, two charges against Christopher P. Hicks Jr. — firearms not to be carried without a license and possession of a small amount of marijuana — were withdrawn, court records indicate.

Hicks was charged following a traffic stop in 2020 in Liberty Township.

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