Hearings delayed on child porn charges
BELLEFONTE — Two Philipsburg men on Wednesday were granted postponements of their preliminary hearings on charges they possessed 2,480 images of child pornography on a computer they both used.
Paul Taylor Holmes, 49, of 321 N. Front St., Apt. 2, and Kevin Thomas Aitkin, 30, of 119 N. 11th St., are each charged with 2,480 counts of sexual abuse of children.
State police said a person who was in Holmes’ apartment on business saw a man looking at images on the computer of children engaged in sex acts, according to court documents. The person was so “disturbed” that he left the apartment and notified authorities, police said.
When questioned by police, Holmes said he was aware of the images on his computer and blamed Aitkin, who he said is allowed to use his computer from time to time, according to court documents.
Their hearings are being rescheduled.
Suspect bites man in robbery attempt
A 21-year old Altoona man was arrested Tuesday after he tried to rob a convenience store and bit a customer who tried to detain him in the left calf, Tyrone police report.
At 7 p.m. Nathan Paul Foor, of 2602 Maple Ave., walked into the Choice convenience store in Tyrone and put two cartons of cigarettes in his pants and held one carton in his hand, police said.
The store clerk told him to put the cartons back or he would call the police. When Foor attempted to leave the store, police said, the clerk grabbed the carton from his hand.
He swung a fist at the clerk, and two customers then helped detain him until police arrived.
Upon their arrival, police were told that Foor had bitten one of the customers, who was later treated for his injuries, a police report states.
Foor was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, theft, receiving stolen property and harassment, and arraigned before District Judge Fred B. Miller and placed in Blair County Prison in lieu of $15,000 straight bail.
Stray bullets from target practice enter home
Criminal charges are pending against four Maryland men between the ages of 21 and 60 after Mifflin County Regional police responded to a call for “shots fired” into a Armagh Township residence around 2:15 p.m. Monday.
The men were shooting at targets, when a stray bullet flew about 2,000 feet through the wall of a home, across a living room, into a glass picture and landed near the kitchen sink, police said.
The residence was unoccupied at the time of the shooting.
Police: Uni-Mart worker steals lottery tickets
A Uni-Mart employee in Milroy stole $400 worth of lottery tickets during the first weeks of January, Mifflin County Regional police report.
After a joint investigation of Mifflin County Regional police, Uni-Mart and the Pennsylvania Lottery security, the man was identified as a 31-year-old Milroy resident. Charges are pending, police report.