Crime

Man allegedly assaults trooper at Centre County Courthouse

A Bellefonte man is in Centre County Correctional Facility on charges of assaulting a state trooper and harassing another man at the courthouse.

At about 9:30 a.m. Monday, state police said, Robert Weaver, 53, was waiting to meet with his probation officer. Weaver is accused of shoving a Spring Mills man three times in the waiting area in front of the Probation Department and pushing and attempting to hit the trooper, who was there on unrelated business, according to police.

The trooper reported that Weaver resisted being put in handcuffs before being subdued and taken to the county jail, police said.

Weaver was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and harassment. Gillette-Walker set bail at $20,000.

Weaver’s visit to the office stemmed from an incident in 2013, when he was accused of shoving a BB gun in a man’s face and hitting him with brass knuckles, according to court documents. He was arrested by Bellefonte police on aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment charges, plus a weapons offense for having the brass knuckles.

Weaver was found guilty of the weapons charge at a nonjury trial before President Judge Thomas King Kistler in January 2014. The assault and reckless endangerment charges were not pursued by prosecutors and he was found not guilty of harassment, according to court documents.

He was sentenced to 90 days to 23 and a half months in the county jail in February 2014, but was paroled in August. His parole was revoked in March and Weaver was released again last month, according to court documents.

Weaver will have to return to the courthouse June 17 for a preliminary hearing on the new charges.

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