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Cemetery vandalism suspect waives hearing, sees charges grow

Timothy Penrod leaves the Centre County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
Timothy Penrod leaves the Centre County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing on Wednesday. CDT photo

The suspect accused of damaging a Ferguson Township cemetery waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of vandalism Wednesday.

Timothy Penrod, 24, of State College, is charged with fifteen felony counts of institutional vandalism and another fifteen misdemeanor counts each of intentional desecration of a public monument and criminal mischief, as well as felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass in connection with the Memorial Day vandalism of gravestones, damage to an outbuilding and burning of flags at Pine Hall Cemetery.

Penrod did appear before the bench, however.

Penrod was charged by State College police Tuesday with the May 18 late-night arsons of a shed at one Orchard Park area home and furniture on the porch of another minutes later, leaving lighter fluid sprayed on the siding and window of the house itself.

Damage in the two separately filed arson cases totals about $12,000.

The new filings include one count of arson endangering persons, two counts of arson endangering property, one count of criminal trespass and one count of criminal mischief, all felonies, and misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.

While in the courthouse, Penrod was arraigned on those charges in front of District Judge Steven Lachman.

Centre County Assistant District Attorney Nathan Boob confirmed that bail on both additional cases was set at $50,000 straight.

Penrod was already incarcerated at Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 straight bail on the vandalism case.

Penrod is set for a preliminary hearing on his new charges next week.

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