Briefs from around the region
Jan 05, 2013 (Erie Times-News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
One of three people accused of robbing and brutally beating a man on Erie's east side in October is heading to trial on charges in the case.
James L. King, 21, waived his preliminary hearing Friday on a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person and felony counts of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and theft by unlawful taking.
Erie 5th Ward District Judge Joseph Lefaiver granted a request by King's lawyer to have his bond reduced. Lefaiver changed the $30,000 bond holding King in jail to $30,000 unsecured.
King is accused of robbing a man of his wallet and money in the 600 block of East 25th Street on Oct. 30. Police said a handgun was shown during the robbery, and the victim, whom they did not name, was beaten with items including a bottle and a wooden table leg, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.
Police said the victim suffered serious injuries in the attack.
Two other people are suspected of joining King in the robbery and assault. Those people have not been identified or apprehended, police said Friday.
Man charged with trying to break into residence
An Erie man was jailed Friday, police said, after he attempted to break into a woman's eastside residence.
Police accuse Stephon L. Pulliam, 48, of attempting to break into a residence in the 1700 block of Prospect Avenue by trying to force open a window on Friday morning. Police said Pulliam is prohibited from being on the property, according to the criminal complaint.
Pulliam, of the 600 block of East 19th Street, was placed in the Erie County Prison on $20,000 bond after he was arraigned before Erie 6th Ward District Judge Dominick DiPaolo on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, harassment and disorderly conduct.
Franklin man charged with tampering with equipment
FRANKLIN -- A former Venango County Airport employee has been charged with tampering with emergency rescue equipment at the facility.
John A. Wilson, 19, of Franklin, is accused of entering two fire rescue crash trucks without permission on Dec. 19 and tampering with numerous switches, controls and pump panels on the trucks. Police said one of the trucks would not start because of the tampering, and the other truck had its communications capabilities cut.
Wilson was working at the airport at the time of the incidents, police said Friday.
Wilson was arraigned Friday afternoon on charges of criminal mischief, recklessly endangering another person and injuring or tampering with fire apparatus. He was placed in the Venango County Prison on $25,000 bond.
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